NATO SOFA is the basis of the legal status of military, American civilians and family members living in Germany. As part of an additional endorsement, employees in Germany also enjoy privileges that are not granted to other service members stationed in other European countries. These agreements concern the status, entry and departure of the host country, military training on the territory of the host country, justice, prosecutions, taxes, import and export laws, driving privileges, employment, the post office, school education, housing and much more. 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. For those who live outside the post office, you must be extremely thorough and friendly when entering into a contract and moving to the premises. Landlord-tenant laws are very different in Germany and in many ways pro-Landlord. Hold all meetings with the owner, at least first, strictly in agreement with business. A key difference between U.S.
landlord-tenant law and German landlord-tenant law is that you can enter into an oral contract for the rental of real estate in Germany. This means that you have to observe what you are saying to a potential owner or broker when you are talking about a property. Moreover, in the United States, it is not uncommon for someone to be “degreased” or for a person in public to be a person who certifies one vulgar language over another. Such actions and actions are uncomfortable, but not illegal in the United States. However, in Germany, if you dump someone or use aggressive language towards someone else, you may be sued and forced to pay what is called “pain compensation” or “pain compensation.” Also be careful in dealing with brokers. Brokers technically work for the potential tenant looking for the property, but they are very familiar with the local owners. Landlords often have more than one apartment to rent and if their tenants are American, new tenants rotate every two to three years through their real estate.