25 May 2018

Maastricht research on marital captivity leads to new parliamentary bill

The law needs to be changed to prevent people from being locked in a religious marriage, writes Maastricht University (UM) lawyer Pauline Kruiniger in the final report on the MARICAP study, Niet langer geketend aan het huwelijk (‘Breaking the chains of marriage’). Following one of the report’s recommendations for additional civil legislation, the Minister for Legal Protection Sander Dekker promised last week to come up with a bill that would compel partners cooperate with a religious divorce in order to combat marital captivity.