The Rise of PACS: A New Type of Commitment from the City of Love
25 Pages Posted: 24 Sep 2016 Last revised: 26 May 2017
Date Written: September 22, 2016
The increase in cohabitation rates across the world has raised many legal questions, prompting countries to respond in different ways. A significant issue has been the protection of vulnerable cohabitants after the dissolution of their relationship. Although the United States has narrowly addressed contractual rights for cohabitants as a means of protection, France has implemented transformative measures to recognize these rights through the Pacte Civil de Solidarité (PACS). This article analyzes both approaches, highlighting certain aspects of the French PACS, such as expanding recognition of cohabitants’ contractual rights and better informing couples of them.
Keywords: family law, domsetic relations, cohabitation, PACS
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