When a Couple Separates.

De facto Separation
De facto separation: legal aspects and consequences

Ministère de la Justice

Important Notice

This page is being updated. Meanwhile, as the information currently online may not be complete, we invite you to consult the French version. Thank you for your understanding.

De facto separation refers to the situation of a couple who stop living together. The legal implications vary, depending on your conjugal situation. For example, if you are married, you retain the right to inherit your spouse’s property. In addition, you are still required to provide mutual aid to one another.

Remember that no agreement between parents provides legal protection unless it has been confirmed by the court.

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