When a Couple Separates.

Separation from Bed and Board
Separation from Bed and Board: Legal Aspects and Consequences

Ministère de la Justice

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If you are married, you may decide to bring your married life to an end through a legal separation or separation from bed and board rather than a divorce. You will no longer be required to live with your spouse, but you will still be subject to the other obligations of marriage such as the obligation to provide mutual assistance, and you will still be entitled to inherit from your spouse. 

The judgment of separation from bed and board will lead to the partitioning of the family patrimony, the liquidation of the matrimonial regime, and a decision on child custody and accessory measures such as support payments.  

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