Are you familiar with these legal concepts?


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Sometimes it’s difficult to navigate among legal terms.

Apostille is a stamp given by a notary public on Swedish documents. The stamp is a way of certifying that Swedish documents are genuine when they are used in contexts outside of Sweden.

Property division is a process where a couple’s joint assets and debts are valued and divided between the parties in the event of a divorce or seperation.

Individual property is what you own which can’t be divided between you and your partner in the event of a divorce or seperation. This can be property that you and your partner have decided to be individual through a prenuptial agreement cohabitation agreement, or property you have inherited and has been decided to be your indivudal property through a will.

Power of attorney is when you authorize a person to decide on personal and financial matters on your behalf.

A disclaimer in an agreement is a clause that lets one party to waive any liability.

Matrimonial property is assets you and your partner have acquired together during your marriage.

A retrieval request can be made to bring home your child if they’ve been placed under Swedish state custody.

Revocation of an agreement is when an agreement is anulled.

Movable property is usually loose things such as cars, jewellery, money and things that are not fixed such as real estate and land. Condominiums, securities and shares are also counted as movable property.

A testator is the person who writes a will in which he or she gives their last wish.

Alimony is what one parent pays the other to cover the child’s living expenses in cases where the child spends more time with one of you.

Maintenance support is paid out by the Swedish Social Insurance Agency when the parent who have to pay alimony doesn’t have the financial means to do so. The maintenance support have to be paid back to the Social Insurance Agency by the parent who should have paid alimony.

Right of residence means that citizens within the EU, EEA and Switzerland have the right to move freely and work in other member states.

A residence permit is needed if you’re a non-citizen and want to live in Sweden. The residence permit can be permanent or time-limited and is valid as long as you stay and meet the requirements for living in Sweden.

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