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. 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. 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. Some items are rationed because a separate agreement between the UK and Germany explicitly limits the amount of cigarettes and tobacco, whisky, gin and coffee that a person can buy duty-free, which is why your NAAFI Ration Card must be filled every time you purchase these products. In order to ensure that the exempt allowance for these goods is not exceeded, they cannot be purchased tax-free in outdoor stores: for example, if you make your weekly purchases at REWE with an exempt order form, you cannot buy rationed items (for example. B a glass of coffee or a packet of cigarettes) as part of your tax-exempt “Big Shops”. Please remember that if rationed items are included in obtaining a larger purchase in tax exemption, then the tax on the total purchase will have to be refunded (yes, the total amount of the weekly shop!) not only on rationed items, and you may be subject to disciplinary action. The temporary deployment of the Partnership for Peace (PfP) armed forces and other third countries to Germany requires an agreement under the Visiting Forces Act of 20 July 1995 (Bundesgesetzblatt 1995 1995, p.554, Bundesgesetzblatt 2002 II P.2482).