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Dear Mr. Ward,

When a couple gets married in Mexico, are they automatically subject to community property, or do they have choices under your civil law? I am a lawyer in Ohio  with a US-citizen client who will be marrying a Mexican citizen in Mexico City soon.

Kind regards,
Michael

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Dear Michael,

A legal marriage in Mexico is a civil marriage before the "juez" or "encargado" of the local Registro Civil. The couple may choose one of two property regimens: 1) Bienes Mancomunados or 2) Bienes Separados. The first, which is the most common, says that all property accumulated will be community property. The second option states that all property will be kept separate.

Prenuptial agreements are also an option but one must be careful to comply with the formalities.

Hope this helps...

Lic. John Lee Ward
Córdoba, Veracruz

Mexican Law

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I can respond to any question related to Mexican Law and common business practices in Mexico. I can also compare and contrast between the American and Mexican legal systems.

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Licenciatura en Derecho from the Universidad del Golfo en Cordoba, Veracruz. (Cedula Profesional No. 5713238) Maestria en Derecho from the Universidad de Cristobal Colon en Veracruz, Veracruz. (Cedula Professional No. 6358321) Currently a Candidate for a Doctorado en Derecho from the Universidad de Cristobal Colon. 5 years of litigation experience in Mexico.

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Bachelors in Electronic Engineering, California Polytechnic State Univ. Juris Doctor, Concord University in Los Angeles Licenciatura en Derecho, Universidad del Golfo, Mexico Maestria en Derecho, Universidad de Cristobal Colon, Mexico Doctorado en Derecho (In Progress), Universidad de Cristobal Colon, Mexico

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