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Formation and separation of the couple - Family law lawyer in Paris

Marriage in France


The French marriage process can seem complicated and confusing to foreigners. nht can assist you. nht can also provide you with a complete consultation regarding your rights and duties.

International Divorce 


Deciding to pursue divorce is one of the most difficult and emotional decisions you will ever make, particularly if you have children. Divorce also involves financial matters that must be resolved and legal issues that must be addressed.

French courts have jurisdiction to pronounce the divorce:

  • When the two spouses live in France
  • When one of the spouse lives in France with the children
  • When one of the defendant lives in France
  • When one of the spouse is a French citizen even if the two spouses live abroad

In France, there are two types of consensual divorces.

Divorce par consentement mutuel: the two spouses agree on every consequence of the divorce. They can therefore be represented by the same lawyer.
Divorce accepté: the two spouses agree on the principle of divorce but they disagree on some consequences. Two different lawyers are required.

One of the spouses can also file for a divorce based on fault (divorce pour faute), such as adultery, mental illness, conviction of a felony, abandonment, drug abuse, cruelty, impotency and bigamy.

If one of the spouses refuses to get divorced and no fault can be proved, a petition for divorce can finally be brought if one of the spouses proves that the couple has been separated for at least two years (divorce pour altération définitive du lien conjugal).

Civil partnerships & PACS

Civil partnerships

The Pacte Civil de Solidarité (PACS) is a legal alternative to marriage in France, also recognised for same-sex couples. It is a civil partnership which gives rights and obligations to both partners.

Civil partnerships registered elsewhere in the world are recognized in France.

However there are some restrictions – the foreign civil partnership may not contradict French law and there are still limitations on factors including succession rights and the right to adopt.
It is strongly recommended that couples seek legal advice.

At the end of the PACS, partners have to reach an agreement on the patrimonial consequences of the dissolution. If they fail to do so, they have to bring an action before the Family Court (Juge aux Affaires Familiales).