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Marriage, Pacs, cohabitation: benefits and drawbacks

Today, couples have the choice between several unions: marriage , cohabitation and the Pacs. Each status has its own characteristics, to study carefully before embarking on a life of two.


Marriage, Pacs, cohabitation : comparison

Zoe and Yohan decided to live together. Their aim is to make the legal framework of their union coincide with their present and future situation. The notaire explains the legal, financial and tax consequences of each status.

If Yohan and Zoe get married

They conclude an act both legal and solemn which entails duties and rights extended between spouses, fixed by the French Civil Code and jurisprudence. If one or both of them decide one day to end the marriage , they will have to start an amicable or contentious divorce procedure.

If Yohan and Zoé opt for PACS

They sign a contract at the end of which they must mutual aid and material. If they decide to break the PACS, unilaterally by bailiff or jointly, the dissolution will be registered either at the town hall of the place of residence of the partners on the date of the registration of the PACS, or at the notary who registered the PACS . (If the PACS was concluded before November 1, 2017 before the registry of a Court of Instance, the dissolution will be done before the registrar of the municipality of the place of the registry of the Court of Instance which registered the PACS).

If Yohan and Zoé opt for cohabitation

Cohabitation is a factual situation. It entails neither duty nor obligation and no procedure is required to put an end to it.

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