Chapter

Family Law

Helen Stalford

in Principles of French Law

Second edition

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780199541393
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191701221 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199541393.003.0009
Family Law

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The family is characterized variously as a biological relationship, a voluntary legal undertaking, or a religious and social contract. This chapter considers the legal framework governing various aspects of French family law. The first section examines the legal definition and procedure relating to marriage. The second considers the circumstances in which marriage can be dissolved and analyses some of the ancillary issues arising out of divorce, namely property division and maintenance. The third section considers parental responsibility issues such as child contact, residence, and child maintenance. The fourth section examines the nature and scope of different forms of unmarried partnership, notably cohabitation and civil partnership (PACS). The fifth section provides a brief overview of the recently reformed law of succession. Finally, the sixth section considers the specific status of children under family law, notably the legal framework governing affiliation and adoption.

Keywords: marriage; divorce; family law; cohabitation; succession; adoption; civil partnership; family rights

Chapter.  13719 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Law

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