Effects of marriage and civil union

Family patrimony

When you marry or form a civil union, you also create a family patrimony. The family patrimony contains the property belonging to you and your spouse that you use to meet your family’s needs, whether or not you have children. 

The creation of a family patrimony ensures that you and your spouse enjoy legal and economic equality, by guaranteeing you a fair share in your joint property. 

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Matrimonial regimes and civil union regimes

After your marriage or civil union ceremony, you and your spouse are bound to each other in a matrimonial regime or civil union regime.

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Declaration of family residence

A declaration of family residence provides protection for the home of a couple living together in a marriage or civil union, along with the household furnishings used by the family.

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