Journal Article

Pacs Seven Years on: is it Moving Towards Marriage?

Joëlle Godard

in International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family

Volume 21, issue 3, pages 310-321
Published in print December 2007 | ISSN: 1360-9939
Published online December 2007 | e-ISSN: 1464-3707 | DOI:
Pacs Seven Years on: is it Moving Towards Marriage?

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The French government has recently taken advantage of the reform of the law of succession (June 23, 2006) to reform the Pacte civil de solidarité which allows for a form of civil partnership between two adults (same sex and opposite sex) and provides a legal status for their relationship. The introduction of Pacs in 1999 was controversial but since then it has become popular, mainly with heterosexual couples. Gradually same-sex couples are being granted more rights and heterosexual couples are taking advantage of these changes so that the institution might be seen as becoming closer to marriage. This article argues that, while the flexibility of Pacs should remain for those who do not want commitment, a legal status should be created for same sex couples which would give them the same rights and protections as a married couple.

Journal Article.  5445 words. 

Subjects: Family Law ; Marriage and the Family

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