For each mission abroad, the status of the Bundeswehr is governed by a bilateral or multilateral agreement with the host country. 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 witness, the undersigned plenipotentiaries signed this agreement. Made in London, on June 19, 1951, in English and French, both texts also being authentic, in a unique original to be deposited in the archives of the government of the United States of America. The government of the United States of America sends a certified copy to all signatory states and member states. 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. The presence of NATO troops stationed in Germany on the basis of a special agreement is subject to the NATO Agreement on the Status of the Armed Forces (SOFA) of 19 June 1951 (agreement between the contracting parties to the North Atlantic Treaty on the Status of their armed forces, Bundesgesetzblatt 1961 II p.1190) and the additional SOFA agreement of 3 August 1959 (agreement complementing the agreement between the contracting parties to the North Atlantic Treaty on the status of (Bundesgesetzblatt 1961 II P.1218).