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French Civil Partnership (PACS) for UK nationals

Did a quick search but didn't seem to find any relevant thread, so I thought I'd just start one

My French boyfriend and I both live in Switzerland, and are planning to enter into the French civil partnership (pacte civil de solidarité/ P.A.C.S) at the French consulate in Geneva. To complete our application, I must provide a "certificat de coutume" (certificate of custom/ law) from the British Embassy that certifies I'm of age, unmarried and legally capable of signing the contract.

I'm not quite sure if the British Embassy in Bern provides such a document. Has any Brit here gone through the same procedures to get pacsed with a French partner? How may I request for this "certificat de coutume" here in Switzerland?

I have also seen that the British Embassy in Paris provides it. May I apply through them?

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Out of interest, what is the benefit of a French civil partnership in Switzerland?
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Re: French Civil Partnership (PACS) for UK nationals

Doesn't look like the embassy can do that sort of thing.

https://assets.publishing.service.go...vil_Status.pdf

I assume that's the closest to what you're looking for.

Looks like this may be what you need to do

https://www.gov.uk/marriage-abroad
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Re: French Civil Partnership (PACS) for UK nationals

"Out of interest, what is the benefit of a French civil partnership in Switzerland?"


I would think none - a Spanish couple living in Basel we were friendly with had a civil partnership in Spain. The authorities here told them it meant nothing and wasn't recognised.
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"Out of interest, what is the benefit of a French civil partnership in Switzerland?"

I would think none - a Spanish couple living in Basel we were friendly with had a civil partnership in Spain. The authorities here told them it meant nothing and wasn't recognised.
Same with a couple from a non-EU country that we met once. They'd signed a civil partnership in their home country and wanted to come here, but she could not be his dependent because they weren't married. They couldn't get married because they were already in a civil partnership.
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Same with a couple from a non-EU country that we met once. They'd signed a civil partnership in their home country and wanted to come here, but she could not be his dependent because they weren't married. They couldn't get married because they were already in a civil partnership.
So out of interest ....
what's the point in a civil partnership? One has all the disadvantages but non of the advantages of a marriage?

I don't know but imo, either you do it or you don't.
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Doesn't look like the embassy can do that sort of thing.

https://assets.publishing.service.go...vil_Status.pdf

I assume that's the closest to what you're looking for.

Looks like this may be what you need to do

https://www.gov.uk/marriage-abroad
Thank you - this is very helpful!

I guess they only do it at the British Embassy in Paris 'cause it's such a French thing. I will just call to check.
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