Important news relating to the family name

On 1 January 2013 an amendment to the Swiss Civil Code will enter into force that could be qualified as revolutionary: husband and wife and registered partners will no longer be obliged to have one joint family name, but each one will be free to keep his currently held family name. Choosing a joint family name will of course still be possible. Regarding the children whose parents did not choose a joint family name: said parents will have agreed upon the family name of their children at the moment the marriage was entered into.


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