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Family Law

Family raises more and more international issues :



  • Divorce

  • Child custody

  • Inheritance

  • Adoption

You need to know which court has jurisdiction. You also need to know which law applies. Choose nht, a French firm dedicated to International Family Law.


Deciding to pursue divorce is one of the most difficult decisions, particularly if you have children. Divorce also involves financial matters that must be resolved and legal issues that must be addressed.

French courts have jurisdiction to pronounce the divorce:

  • When the two spouses live in France
  • When one of the spouse lives in France with the children
  • When one of the defendant lives in France
  • When one of the spouse is a French citizen even if the two spouses live abroad


In France, there are two types of consensual divorces:

Divorce "par consentement mutuel": the two spouses agree on every consequence of the divorce. They can therefore be represented by the same lawyer.

Divorce "accepté": the two spouses agree on the principle of divorce but they disagree on some consequences. Two different lawyers are required. 

One of the spouses can also file for a divorce based on fault (divorce pour faute), such asadultery, mental illness, conviction of a felony, abandonment, drug abuse,cruelty, impotency and bigamy.

If one of the spouses refuses to get divorced and no fault can be proved, a petition for divorce can finally be brought if one of the spouses proves that the couple has been separated for at least two years (divorce pour altération définitive du lien conjugal).



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Lawyer / Paris

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