The institute of cohabitation is no new phenomenon in the Maltese culture, yet, it is one within the ambit of Maltese law. This lack of legislation has left cohabiting couples with no rights at law, both pending the relationship itself and even after its termination, whether by choice or by death. Consequently, the Government has now proposed a cohabitation Bill aimed at securing cohabitants’ rights at law, whether of the same or of different sex.
Continue reading “The Cohabitation Bill”
Although it is only recently that Malta has enacted its own divorce law, there was always the possibility for citizens to go abroad, either to another European Union Member State or even to a non-European Union Member State to obtain a judgment for divorce from such country. Continue reading “Foreign Divorce Judgment”
Money Laundering has been existing as long as human kind invented the concept of money. However, the legal concept of laundering has only developed quite recently. First and foremost, it is of utmost importance to explain what the meaning of the laundering of money is. Continue reading “Money Laundering”
Until recently divorce in Malta was not regulated under Maltese Law and couples whose marriages have broken down could only apply for a legal separation. However, with the introduction of divorce in Malta couples are now able to obtain a divorced if they qualify in the eyes of the court and in accordance with the provisions of the law. Continue reading “Divorce versus separation”
Cohabitation is a state of fact, a choice made by several couples and a social reality, and the government is therefore obliged to regulate it by law. Previously gay cohabitation in Malta was not regulated at all but with the proposed change of the cohabitation bill on the 28th of august 2012 it would be regulated. Continue reading “Cohabitation for gay couples”
Cohabiting parties live like spouses, however their relationship is not formalized. Namely cohabiting people share a household, are emotionally attached and may raise children together. However their relationship has not been formalized by marriage. Continue reading “The new cohabitation bill”
Divorce is the complete and total dissolution of a marriage that existed between the spouses. Therefore once it is granted the couple is no longer deemed to be married in the eyes of the law and thus is able to remarry. Divorce in Malta has always been a very vastly debated topic mostly because of the Catholic Church’s influences on the Maltese islands and its inhabitant’s beliefs. Continue reading “Divorce law”
In 1988 a permanent residence scheme was designed to attract high net worth individuals to take up permanent residency status in Malta. This scheme was most attractive to retirees and anyone looking for an alternative residence within their tax profile. Continue reading “Permanent residency scheme”
In today’s Government Gazette a bill is published that will propose an amendment to the Notarial Profession and Notarial Archives act. This amendment will introduce an obligation on notaries to carry out research on provenance.
Lands Parliamentary Secretary Jason Azzopardi introduced the bill on a news conference and said that the law was currently silent on this issue, the proposal was for this to become an obligation.
The amendments being proposed in the bill were the most extensive since the law first came into effect in 1927.
Another amendment being proposed is for the notary to be obliged to keep clients’ deposit and tax funds in a trust account so as to be separate from his personal property.
The team of Sultana Legal will gladly answer any questions you might have about this bill.
The full text of the proposed amendment can be found here: http://www.doi.gov.mt/EN/bills/2011/BILL%2083.pdf