Cat Posted April 3, 2008 Share Posted April 3, 2008 Now that the inheritance laws have changed to allow those in a French PACS (Pacte Civil de Solidarité) agreements in France to benefit from usufruct (the lifelong right to occupy, or benefit from rental income of, a property for a surviving spouse) without having to pay inheritance tax, the PACS agreement might be of interest to unmarried couples living together under the same roof. Couples who have entered into a PACS agreement are also able, starting from 3 years after the agreement, to make a joint French tax declaration, and so benefit from the tax breaks afforded to a couple.As others have posted questions in the past about getting PACSd in France, and as I'm about to enter into a PACS agreement myself, I thought it might be useful for others if I listed the paperwork, and procedure, involved.For anyone born outside of France, the Ministére de la Justice needs; an identity paper mentioning your town of birth a birth certificate, translated by an authorised translator.Both parties also need to supply sworn statements, and supporting paperwork, proving that they live under the same roof. Joint bank accounts, utility bills etc are accepted as proof.The British Embassy in Paris has this to say http://www.britishembassy.gov.uk/servlet/Front?pagename=OpenMarket/Xcelerate/ShowPage&c=Page&cid=1139993204041That may sound simple, but in practice, is slightly more involved than it seems. For one thing, the paperwork needed varies slightly depending on the Tribunal d'Instance involved. For most of us born outside France it means that what is actually needed is usually a Certificate de Coutume, which can be obtained from the British Embassy in Paris, using this form . To apply for this, one needs to provide a full British birth certificate (the long version, which can be applied for here ) a divorce decree for those previously married and divorced, or a death certificate for widows/ers, and of course a fee.If one of the parties entering into PACS agreement is French, they will need to obtain a Certificate de Non Pacte Civil de Solidarité, available from their town of birth. The application form and details can be found here . Often, but not always, your notaire will be happy to apply for this and forward the paperwork for a French applicant.Once I am further into this I will post any additional information. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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