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 Post subject: Cross-cultural marriages: how to avoid conflicts!
PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2008 7:04 pm 
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Dear Ladies (and Sirs!),

here the link to the Swiss Embassy, which advertises a very useful little-book (in French): http://www.eda.admin.ch/eda/fr/home/rep ... .html#0006

There is a German and Italian translation of the text [please choose on the top of the page either "Italiano" or "Deutsch"].

Here the meaning in English:

in case of marriage between a foreigner (woman) and an Egyptian (man, belonging to the Islamic belief), it is strictly necessary to pay attention to the Islamic and Egyptian laws, in order to respect them. The little-book "marriages between Swiss and Islamic people - how to avoid conflicts" will help you, giving you precious information about the subject. It can be bought at "Institut Suisse de Droit Comparé, Dorigny, 1015 Lausanne, Switzerland".

Here the link to the "ISDC", advertising the litte-book: http://isdc.ch/fr/publications.asp/4-0-5850-5-4-0/

IT WILL MAYBE BE POSSIBLE TO PURCHASE THE BOOK AT SWISS EMBASSY IN CAIRO? [ http://www.eda.admin.ch/cairo ]

Here you will find the whole translation of the text, ... in Spanish [the document has to be "downloaded"]! http://www.sami-aldeeb.com/articles/view.php?id=305

WISHING THAT ALL THIS WILL BE USEFUL, IN CASE OF CROSS-CULTURAL MARRIAGE, BETWEEN A FOREIGNER WOMAN AND AN EGYPTIAN MAN!

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 Post subject: Re: Cross-cultural marriages: how to avoid conflicts!
PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 3:55 pm 
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Textes in German, French, Italian and Spanish

are now available TO DOWNLOAD FOR FREE -

here are very useful PROFESSIONAL LEGAL ADVICES in Case of Cross-Cultural Relation/Marriage,

by Lawyer Dr. Sami AlDeeb, Swiss Citizen from Christian-Palestine [his Resumee to be found on his professional Site's Homepage]:

German: http://www.sami-aldeeb.com/articles/view.php?id=431

French: http://sami-aldeeb.com/articles/view.php?id=428

Italian: http://www.sami-aldeeb.com/articles/view.php?id=429

Spanish: http://www.sami-aldeeb.com/articles/view.php?id=430


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 Post subject: Re: Cross-cultural marriages: how to avoid conflicts!
PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 12:47 pm 
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a pity there is no English version... :(


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 Post subject: Re: Cross-cultural marriages: how to avoid conflicts!
PostPosted: Sun Aug 08, 2010 9:22 am 
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Dear Chris, this might be a Job for any Woman/Girl, that has the Skill(s) to do so (Translation into English).

TO REMEMBER PLEASE THAT THE MARRIAGE CONTRACT HAS ALREADY BEEN TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH AND ARABIC TOO!

One just has to open the given Links, and seek for them (at the End of the .doc), and print them out or copy them!

Lovliest Regards.


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 Post subject: Re: Cross-cultural marriages: how to avoid conflicts!
PostPosted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 12:36 am 
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Sorry, I saw that the Links previously given do not work anymore: here the Site where all his Publications are listed - there are more than 200, in several Languages, English included, and one might find Something of his/her Interest: http://www.sami-aldeeb.com/sections/vie ... blications

Next I copied-pasted the Mariage Contract, in order to understand which the sensitive Points (about cultural Differences) are:

Model marriage contract
This model contract should be separately completed by each of the
two future spouses, who then compare their answers. The agreed
final text should be signed before a notary, who will retain a copy of
it. Please cancel or modify any passages which you consider to be
inappropriate.

1) Celebration of the marriage
After due consideration, the undersigned
Mr............... Born on ...............
Nationality............... Religion...............
Civil status (single, divorced, widowed)
and
Mrs................ Born on ...............
Nationality............... Religion...............
Civil status (single, divorced, widowed)
have agreed as follows:
Their marriage shall take place
in Switzerland in the civil registry at...............
abroad (name of the country)...... before...............
The civil ceremony shall be followed by a religious ceremony (specify
the ceremony).........
or
The civil ceremony shall not be followed by a religious ceremony.
Their common domicile will be (name the country)...............
The wife keeps her Swiss nationality.
She will retain her family name, (or) she will adopt the family name
of her husband.

2) Religious freedom of spouses
Each spouse will retain his or her current religion and undertakes to
respect the freedom of religion and worship of the other spouse,
including the right to change religion.
Each of the spouses undertakes to refrain from imposing his or her
own dietary norms upon the other.

3) Fidelity and monogamy
The husband and the wife owe each other support and fidelity. Each
of them attests that he or she is not married to another person at the
time of entering into the present marriage. Each of them undertakes
not to marry another person for so long as the present marriage continues.
In case of a false attestation or violation of this undertaking
by either spouse, the other spouse shall have the right to apply for a
divorce on this ground.

4) Children
The husband and the wife affirm that they have submitted to premarital
examinations and have informed each other of the results of
these examinations.
The children's religion will be...............
They will be educated in this religion. They will have the benefit of
religious freedom when they attain the age of sixteen years, including
the right to change religion, without constraint on the part of
either parent or of their respective families, in conformity with article
303, paragraph 3 of the Swiss Civil Code.
The children will bear European, Christian, Muslim, Arabic, neutral
first names. The choice of the first name will be made by agreement
between the two parents (any mutually acceptable first names of
boys or girls may be mentioned here: ............).
Each of the children will be baptised at the age of...............
The children will be free to choose to be circumcised or excised
when they attain the age of eighteen years, if they so desire.
The children will be educated in public, Muslim, Christian, Jewish
schools.
Each of the children will be included on his or her mother's passport.
The Muslim spouse will not oppose any marriage of his or her daughters
with a non-Muslim.

5) Economic relations
Each of the spouses shall contribute on the basis of equality, each
according to his or her respective means, to the expenses of the household
and to the education of the children. They shall jointly decide
all matters affecting the couple.
Their matrimonial property rights shall be governed by Swiss law.
The spouses hereby opt for the (please name the chosen matrimonial
property relationship)...............

6) Sartorial norms, work and travel
The husband and the wife each undertake not to impose Islamic
norms concerning clothing, social life, or education (including
physical education), upon one another or upon their children.
The wife will determine her own occupational activities. She shall
not require the husband's authorization in order to travel or to obtain
transportation tickets and identity documents for herself and for her
children.

7) Dissolution of the marriage
The husband and the wife undertake to resolve their differences amicably.
In the event that either spouse should wish to terminate the marriage, he/she undertakes to initiate judicial proceedings and not
to resort to repudiation.
If the husband or both of the spouses are resident in a jurisdiction
which allows the husband to repudiate his wife, the husband hereby
accords his wife the right to repudiate him under the same conditions.
In case of divorce, the custody of any children of the marriage will
be determined according to Swiss law and by order of a Swiss court.
If children are assigned to the mother, the father undertakes to respect
that decision and not to take them away from her, whatever is
their place of residence. In case of the death of either spouse, custody
of the children will be held by the surviving spouse.
The distribution of assets and payment of any maintenance between
the spouses will be determined according to Swiss law, even if the
husband or both of the spouses reside in a Muslim country.
Assets acquired during the marriage by one or other of the spouses
shall be considered as common property of the two spouses and shall
be shared equally, unless the two spouses have decided otherwise.

8) Inheritance
The husband and the wife hereby choose Swiss law to govern their
successions. They reject any restriction upon the right to inherit
which is based on religion or sex. For the event that the succession is
administered abroad, partially or completely, and that the relevant
foreign legal system prevents the application of Swiss law, each of
the spouses hereby makes an advance testamentary allocation to the
surviving spouse of one third of his net estate after satisfaction of all
matrimonial property rights and obligations.

9) Death and funeral ceremony
The spouses have reached the following agreement concerning their
funerals: burial in a secular cemetery, burial in a religious cemetery,
repatriation of mortal remains to the country of origin, cremation,
etc.

10) Modification of the present contract
The husband and the wife each commit themselves to respect the
terms of this contract in good faith. The present contract cannot be
modified other than with the free consent of the two spouses, given
before a notary.
Name of the husband
His signature place and date.................
Name of the wife
Her signature place and date.................
Name and address of the 1st witness
Signature place and date.................
Name and address of the 2nd witness
Signature place and date.................
Name and address of the notary
Signature place and date.................

P.S.: In the event that the spouses decide to proceed with a Muslim
religious ceremony after the civil ceremony or to conclude a religious
or consular marriage abroad, it will be indispensable to expressly
mention in the document which evidences that ceremony or
marriage:
- that this premarital contract signed by the two spouses before a
notary is an integral part of their agreement to marry, and
- that in case of any discrepancy between the two, the present
contract shall have priority over the document executed by the
religious or consular authority.


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