The most important multilateral agreement is the NATO Troop Status Agreement, which applies between NATO partners to operations on the territory of other NATO countries. States participating in the NATO Peace Partnership (PfP) may accede to the Status of Troops Agreement of 19 June 1995 (Bundesgesetzblatt 1998 II p.1340). This agreement extends the scope of the NATO Agreement on the Status of Armed Forces to operations in PfP partner countries. Military operations under the auspices of the European Union will now be governed by the EU Agreement on the Status of the Armed Forces, signed on 17 November 2003 in Brussels by representatives of the Member States and ratified by Germany in June 2005. As a newly arrived member of our community, it is important to understand your legal status in Germany and your protection. For example, Germans living in Germany with no connection to the U.S. military or government are German citizens without special status. Americans who live in Germany and have no military or American affiliation can live in Germany as legal inhabitants if the German government has given permission. Think carefully about your decision to get married or divorce during your stay in Germany. Marriage and divorce in Germany can be very different from those in the United States, marriage or divorce documents are not simply transferred or applied between the German authorities and different American states. Any divorce, whether abroad or back in the United States, can be very complicated and cost hundreds of thousands of dollars for child support, child care, spousal property sharing and legal fees. Former spouses could apply for a court order for money, refer your commander to enforce a separation agreement, or any military obligation to support families.
Since the Law Center cannot represent staff in the event of a divorce, you must seek the services of a German lawyer.