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The Pacte de solidarité civil (PACS)

The Pacte de solidarité civil (PACS) is a procedure to make a union official. The PACS procedure would be close to what we call in Canada Common law spouse. The official definition states that it is a contract between two people who have reached their majority, of opposite sex or of same sex, to organize their life in common. You can obtain more information about this procedure at http://vosdroits.service-public.fr/N144.xhtml (French only).

Formalities

If you live in France, you can celebrate a PACS at your local « Tribunal d’Instance » or in front of a French « notaire ». Usually, the French authorities will ask you to obtain the proper documentation from your Embassy. These documents are requested to confirm that you met all the requirements to legally celebrate a PACS in France.   

Which document can I get from the Consular service of the Embassy of Canada to conclude a PACS in France?

The Consular service of the Embassy of Canada in Paris can issue a Statement in lieu of Certificate of Non-impediment to a PACS according to French legislation. This document is nominative and issued at your request; it replaces the Certificat de coutume, Certificate of celibacy and certificate of "non-tutelle and non-curatelle".

Which documentation do I need to send to the Embassy to obtain a Statement in lieu of Certificate of Non-impediment to a PACS according to French legislation? What is the cost? What is the delay for the issuance?

To obtain a Statement in lieu of Certificate of Non-impediment to a PACS according to French legislation from the Consular service of the Embassy of Canada, please send us the following documentation: 

  • A photocopy of your valid Canadian passport (only pages 2 and 3) ;  
  • If you were born in Canada: a copy of your Canadian birth certificate issued by the provincial office for vital statistics;
  • If you were born outside Canada: a photocopy of both sides of your Canadian citizenship card or of your certificate of Canadian citizenship;
  • An original statutory declaration including your name, your residential address, your present marital status, affirm that you are not in the care of a legal guardian, the  name and citizenship of your partner and residential address of your partner. This statutory declaration must be written in France and mention the date and signed in front of a lawyer, notary public or commissioner of oaths in Canada or signed in front of a lawyer, a notary or an official who is entitled to witness sworn statements at your local Mairie in France. If you are abroad, you also have the possibility to sign this statement in an office of the Government of Canada abroad;
  • The the following text can be used as an example of statutory declaration: 

Je soussigné(e) [your full name] citoyen(ne) canadien(ne) né(e) le [your date of birth] et résidant au [your detailed residential address], déclare solennellement par la présente être [choose the option that fits your personal situation : single, divorced or widowed (in French célibataire, veuf(ve) ou divorcé(e))] et ne pas faire  l'objet d'une mesure de tutelle ou de curatelle et être libre de conclure un PACS avec [full name of your partner], citoyen [partner’s nationality] résidant au [your partner’s detailed residential address].

  • If you have been married in the past: a certified copy of your divorce certificate or a certified copy of the death certificate of the deceased spouse;
  • A payment of $50.00 can or the equivalent amount in euros;
  • A short letter explaining your request that includes the name and detailed address for the return of the documents, please also include your email and telephone number in case we need to reach you.

 Your application should be sent to:

Embassy of Canada
Consular service / Marriage
35 avenue Montaigne
75008 Paris
France

It takes 15 working days to process (excluding postal delays). Your documents will be returned by registered mail without extra cost. All incompleted dossier will be returned to the sender.

The local authorities are asking for a birth certificate with « filiation », which document should I provide them?

The French authorities usually ask for an original birth certificate, that includes the information on the parents. To meet the requirements, the document usually must:

If you were born in Canada, you can apply for this document at the vital statistics office of your province of birth

How can I obtain a legalization of my Canadian long form birth certificate?

The Consular service of the Embassy of Canada can process the legalization of your long form birth certificate, if you submit your application including:

  • The original Canadian long form birth certificate;
  • A payment of $50.00can or the equivalent in euros;
  • A short letter explaining your request that includes the name and detailed address for the return of the documents, please also include your email and telephone number in case we need to reach you.

NOTE: If you are applying for a Statement in lieu of Certificate of Non-impediment to a PACS according to French legislation AND the legalization of your long form birth certificate at the same time, please submit those application in the same enveloppe and include a single payment of $100.00 can or the equivalent in euros.

How should I procced if a translation is needed?

If your document is only in English, you will have to obtain a translation. According to our information, the French authorities request that this translation be done by “traducteur assermenté auprès de la cour d’appel".

If you already have a translation of the document from Canada, make sure you have this document notarized before you leave Canada, so that we will be able to legalize the document if needed.  

Which document do I need if I was born outside of Canada ?

If you were not born in Canada, you will have to provide the French administration with your birth certificate from your country of birth, have the document translated if need be, and have this document legalized by the issuing authorities. If you are in France, the Embassy of your country of birth in France will be in a position to inform you about this.

How can I obtain the legalization of other Canadian documents to complete my marriage file with the French authorities?

If the local authorities are requesting the legalization of other documents such as a marriage search document, a divorce certificate, a death certificate, a notarized translation made in Canada or a change of name certificate, you just have to include it in your application along with a payment of $50.00 can or the equivalent in euros per document.

The legalization procedure is also described on our website.

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Date Modified:
2017-03-17