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Swedish law on Family Finances

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Koco
post 6.Mar.2017, 03:00 PM
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I am a newbies in Sweden and I wish to find out more about the Sweden law about family finances. A case of married couple with kids where both parents work full time and One person is responsible for the major financial obligation (rents and housing and clothing) while the other person in this case seem to keep his own money to himself alone and maybe helps out a bit when he feels like it.

Which authority or body can I contact to help resolve this issue?
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riemann
post 6.Mar.2017, 03:03 PM
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A divorce lawyer maybe? How is it that you can be married and have kids but don't share an economy? How is that even possible?
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Koco
post 6.Mar.2017, 03:08 PM
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Talking to a divorce lawyer might tends towards a court case or something, which isn't what i want.Is there a way around that? I just want to know if there is an organization that helps to resolve this amicably.
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riemann
post 6.Mar.2017, 03:19 PM
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You mean a governmental service that forces the other partner to pay their fair share while your married? Well, no, there isn't, because it's expected that a married couple will share their finances equally without having to be told to do so and if this isn't happening then naturally they will divorce because who in their right mind would want to stay in a situation where one partner is being forced by the government to have to pay half the bills and still remained married to this person? There might be some sort of marriage counselling available but it is not going to be cheap to pay for and as only one person is paying for everything anyways may simply make the problem worse.

Now, if the situation is actually that one person is being forced against their will to work and pay for everything while the partner benefits, well then yes there is a governmental service to call, the police. This is a form of economic slavery and will most certainly bring about a court case and possible jail time depending on the severity of the offense.
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yet another brit
post 6.Mar.2017, 03:28 PM
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Law firms that specialise in family law (familjjurist) may well offer a free first consultation. Here is one that does : http://advantagejuristbyra.se/familjejuridik/ (literally the first result in a Google search).

If your Swedish is up to it, have a read of the relevant [Swedish] law : https://lagen.nu/1987:230

The commentary says that you're supposed to equitably share the joint costs and support each other according to your resources (so if you earn more, you're intended to pay more, if you earn the same then you contribute the same), and also disclose to each other what your resources are... quite how you would argue this if it isn't happening is well...hmmm...have a read!
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LLHope
post 7.Mar.2017, 07:05 AM
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Joined: 1.Jan.2014

Regardless of if you have children or not, if you are officially married then by Marriage Law you have obligations with regards economy and your spouse (call it maintenance for each other, for want of better words). From Äktenskapsbalken:

1 § Makarna skall, var och en efter sin förmåga, bidra till det underhåll som behövs för att deras gemensamma och personliga behov skall tillgodoses. Om underhåll till barn finns bestämmelser i föräldrabalken.

2 § Om det som den ena maken skall bidra med inte räcker till för den makens personliga behov eller för de betalningar som den maken annars ombesörjer för familjens underhåll, skall den andra maken skjuta till de pengar som behövs.

5 § Om den ena maken försummar sin underhållsskyldighet, får domstolen ålägga den maken att betala underhållsbidrag till den andra maken.


If you cannot agree between yourselves, then take your partner to court. Mind You, if you cannot agree about such straight forward basic things then maybe there are deeper issues at play.
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