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“PACS”, Fornication made legal -Benefits of marriage without its commitment ! 😦
Marriage or PACS? In France Things Are Changing
- In that 10-year span since it first became law it has become an ever more popular half-way house to a traditional marital union. Already more than a million French citizens have been pacsé, and their numbers have been growing steadily and rapidly. The annual number of PACS contracts registered, for instance soared from 100,999 in 2007 to 144,716 in 2008, a jump of 43 percent in a single year. At its origins in 1999, the PACS was a parliamentary response to growing pressure from France’s vociferous gay community to create some legal underpinning for homosexual unions.
- But deliberately, the PACS system was not made the equivalent of a gay marriage. Pacsé couples could be of the same sex but didn’t have to be. They were accorded some but not all of the joint tax and financial privileges of their married counterparts. However, if things didn’t work out, breaking off the relationship was made much simpler than the usually arduous divorce process that would face a classically married couple.
- If they want to break up, however, they don’t need expensive lawyers or lengthy divorce proceedings. All they have to do is state their desire to call things off in an official letter to their locally competent legal court. As a noted French sociologist puts it, “The PACS allows a couple to commit without really committing, to unite, individual to individual, without a binding long-term engagement.”