4 Can or must the matrimonial property regime be registered?

4.1. Do one or more matrimonial property registers exist in your country? Where?

There is a Register of Marriage Contracts in Lithuania; the register is managed by the Central Mortgage Office.

4.2. Which documents are registered? Which information is registered?

The register records marriage contracts and divisions of property.

The register shall include the date of the marriage contract, details on the parties to the contract, the date when or condition under which the contract enters into effect, details on the property subject to an agreement on the applicable regime, and the property regime provided (Para. 14 of the Regulations on the Register of Marriage Contracts).

The register shall include either the contract or the court decision on the division of community property, details on the parties to the contract or details of persons whose property is divided on the basis of a court decision, details on the property subject to a confirmed contract or a court decision on division, and the applicable regime provided (Para. 15 of the Regulations on the Register of Marriage Contracts).

4.3. How and by whom can the information in the register be accessed?

Extracts from the register shall be provided in writing, by e-mail, by post or by other communication measures, or in person (Para. 63 of the Regulations on the Register of Marriage Contracts).

Data from the register shall be provided for any person stating a reasonable and lawful purpose for use of the data (Para. 67 of the Regulations on the Register of Marriage Contracts).

4.4. What are the legal effects of registration (validity, opposability)?

A marriage contract and its amendments may be opposed to third parties provided they have been registered in the Register of Marriage Contracts. This rule shall not apply if at the time of the transaction the third party knew of the marriage contract and its amendments (Art. 3.103(3) of the CC).