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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

Ji Hyun Kim

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Scott Oliver

Lewis & Kappes, P.C.

Margaret Ryznar

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Date Written: September 22, 2016

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Kim, Ji Hyun and Oliver, Scott and Ryznar, Margaret, The Rise of PACS: A New Type of Commitment from the City of Love (September 22, 2016). Washburn Law Journal, Vol. 56, No. 1, pp. 69-92, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2842145

Ji Hyun Kim

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law ( email )

530 W New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
United States

Scott Oliver

Lewis & Kappes, P.C.

1 American Square #2500
Indianapolis, IN 46282
United States

Margaret Ryznar (Contact Author)

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law ( email )

530 West New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
United States

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