I am a South African citizen living in the UK on an Ancestry visa. I married a French man in Nice, Cote D'Azur in June 2010 and lived there for under a year until I moved back to London. I am now looking to divorce. When we married in Nice, I was not told there are two types of marriage, and my marriage certificate does not tell me what type it was - in other words, what is the difference between a separation or community marriage inn France and what is the most common one given to people please? i.e. I need to know what this means relating to a divorce. Thank you.
Hi, I’m a moderator for this topic and I wonder whether you’re still waiting for an answer. If you are, please let me know and I will do my best to find a professional to assist you right away. If not, feel free to let me know and I will cancel this question for you. Thank you!
Hi Fran - thank you for your vigilance - no I have not yet had a reply, I will be grateful if you can help me find an answer. I was previously given advice for a French law question by T Perrin C - perhaps he could assist. Anyone else is fine too.
Sometimes, finding the right Expert can take a little longer than expected and we thank you greatly for your understanding. We’ll be in touch again shortly.
The legal matrimonial regime in France (=that which applies to you unless you specifically sign a marriage contract) is régime de la communauté réduite aux acquets. Which means that all assets/liabilities of any kind acquired by both spouses from the date of the marriage on are matrimonial assets which will be divided equally in case of a divorce. Except assets acquired by inheritance which belong personally to the spouse who inherited them. Assets belonging personally to one of the spouses before the marriage remain his/her personal property and are not to be shared upon divorce.
8 years as a Senior judge at Paris Conseil de Prud'hommes (Paris Industrial Tribunal)
DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.
The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).