A civil union contract is a legal document in which you and your intended spouse record various decisions concerning, for example:

  • your civil union regime, in other words the rules stating how your property, other than the property forming your family patrimony, will be administered during your civil union and divided if you decide to separate;
  • gifts, such as the gifts to be given to your spouse or children during your lifetime or after your death;
  • your intentions following your death, for example as indicated in a "surviving spouse" clause.

You can sign a civil union contract with your intended spouse before or after your civil union ceremony. In the latter case, it comes into effect on the day it is signed, rather than on the day of the ceremony.

A civil union contract must be notarized. You and your intended spouse must sign it before a notary. In addition, the notary must register a notice relating to your civil union contract in the register of personal and movable real rights.  

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