Family law

Our Firm is specialized in family law both on the national and the international levels.

Following a poll in Switzerland based on the opinion of 6'500 lawyers, in-house lawyers and clients, our Firm has been consecutively nominated as one of the top six Family Law Firms in Switzerland for the years 2017 to 2020.

Moreover, our Firm is ranked as Leading Firm by CHAMBERS HNW (High Net Worth) 2018 and 2019, which also ranks Alain BERGER as "Leading Individual" in 2018 and "Top ranked" in 2019 and 2020. On her side Marie Berger is ranked as "up and coming" in 2020.

It counts on an important international network, the IAFL (International Academy of Family Lawyers), with which it has a close cooperation.  Our Firm is active in all fields of Family law, including International Private law, both regarding litigation and amicable conflict settlement.  The specific fields of activity are the following:

 

The Couple

  • Separation, protection measures of the marital union
  • Annulement of marriage
  • Divorce (national and international)
  • Winding up of property regime
  • Splitting of occupational pension scheme (second pillar under Swiss law)
  • Divorce agreements and conventions
  • Alimonies
  • Recovery of claims and attachments
  • Ex parte and urgent orders
  • Modification of judgements
  • Prenuptial and nuptial agreements
  • Registered partnerships
  • Common-law marriage
  • Matrimonial and domestic violence
  • Protection of the personality

Children

  • Filiation and paternity
  • Parental authority
  • Custody
  • Visitation rights and relocation orders
  • Maintenance obligations
  • Recovery of claims and attachments
  • Ex parte and urgent orders
  • Modification of judgements
  • International child abduction
  • Child protection measures
  • Proceedings in matters of tutela and curatorship
  • Children rights
  • Surrogacy (abroad)
  • Representative guardianship in front of courts

Successions

  • Estate planning
  • National and international succession litigation
  • Drafting of wills
  • Drafting of succession agreements
  • Function of executor of the will

Miscellaneous

  • Recognition and exequatur of foreign judgements and orders, with linked ex parte and urgent measures (in particular attachments)
  • Complement of foreign judgments
  • Recognition of foreign States Family Registers (surrogacy, etc.)
  • Therapeutic representation mandates
  • Anticipated Instructions
  • Mandate for reasons of incapacity
  • Parental will

Our lawyers specialised in this area

Alain Berger

Partner

Marie Berger

Partner

Stéphanie Francisoz Guimaraes

Partner

Simona Müller

Associate

Vanessa Ndoumbe Nkotto

Associate