Change to Dutch law regarding ‘community property’ for couples married in the Netherlands…
Dutch law regarding ‘community property’ has changed as of 1st January 2018; no longer does the property owned by each individual prior to getting married become community property. Rather, only property which is accrued during the marriage is considered jointly owned ‘community property’.
If one or the other wishes to share assets accumulated prior to the marriage with their spouse, a pre-nuptial or post-nuptial agreement needs to be generated and notarized.
The change in law only affects couples marrying after 1st January 2018. For couples married in the Netherlands prior, ‘community property’ is considered the total assets owned by the couple, regardless if it was acquired before or after the wedding (unless otherwise stated in a pre or post-nuptial agreement).