Although SOFA determines your legal status, it is important to understand that German law applies to U.S. staff as well as outside. The U.S. facilities are not American soil. Moreover, while there are many similarities between German and American law, there are also many obvious differences. For example, spanking or paddling children is prohibited by German criminal law as a means of punishing disobedience. German law considers this to be a “physical punishment” that amounts to child abuse. . German civil law is also very different from what most Americans know. Read on to learn more about the main differences between German and U.S.
law, and if you have any questions, please contact the Legal Center on Kelley Barracks. Also be sure to participate in the weekly legal processing letter via the armored barracks of the central processing plant. 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. 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.
Once you have found a place, write down all the damage that exists on the control sheet provided by the Housing Authority. Don`t rely on someone else to pay attention to defects. Anything you don`t comment on on your first inspection will be assigned to you when your departure time arrives. You are personally responsible for repairs that are not noted on the test card. You can pay for repairs out of your pocket or your deposit. Although many homeowners can be very friendly, it is important to remember that renting real estate is a commercial transaction. Please note that staff must register with the Housing Authority within two days of their arrival in Stuttgart and inform the Housing Authority at any time of the housing search status. 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.