What are the legal benefits of marriage

Getting married: advantages and disadvantages at a glance

For many couples it is a great ideal goal to be happily married. There are many advantages to marriage. From a romantic perspective, marriage is the greatest bond two people can have with one another. Getting married means to support your partner in good and bad sides and to confirm this in writing.

  • Marriage makes things easier if you have children or plan to have children together. Only married couples can have the same surname and husbands automatically have full custody of the father. Unmarried persons must submit a declaration of paternity.
  • As a spouse, you are financially protected by statutory inheritance law and part of the old-age pension in the event that something should happen to your husband or wife. The profit-making principle also applies - this means that all income after the marriage belongs to both partners equally.
  • The joint tax return and the associated tax savings are also an incentive for many couples to get married. But be careful: Depending on the tax class, you may get more net monthly or a back tax payment at the end of the year - but the total annual earnings balance out again.
  • If the two partners have very large differences in income, splitting the spouse is worthwhile. However, a large amount of income tax can be saved through a joint assessment.
  • Family insurance in statutory health insurance is only available to married people. For example, if a spouse is at home with the children, he or she can be insured with the other partner for health and long-term care insurance free of charge.