Marriage in France (and PACS)
Marriage in France
Please note that marriages are not performed at Australian embassies or missions.
To be legally recognized, a marriage in France must take place at a Town Hall (Mairie). The Town Hall must be either the Town Hall where one of the applicants was born, or the Town Hall of the district where one of the applicants is currently registered as a resident.
The requirements (which may vary slightly for each town hall) are as follows:
- At least one of the applicants must be either a French citizen or a legal resident of France.
- Most Town Halls take approximately 4-6 weeks to process the application, which has to be accompanied by the following items:
1/ -Certificate of no impediment (.PDF) (CNI Application)
The attestation will be issued by the Embassy (see information sheet -Certificat de coutume) (Certificat de coutume)
2/ -Full birth certificate (Please check with your local mairie the information in relation to the required validity of the document) with an apostille from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Australia.
(Please note that the Apostille can be delivered at the Australian Embassy in Paris).
3/ Translation of birth certificate (by a sworn translator).
4/ Valid passport.
5/ Statement of no previous marriage (from the appropriate Birth Death and Marriage registrar\'s office in Australia), with translation
6/ Divorce certificate (if applicable), with a translation
7/ French resident\'s card (if available)
In addition to providing the above mentioned documents, the applicants are also required to undergo a medical examination and blood tests.
Once the completed dossier is delivered to the Mairie (Town Hall), there is normally a waiting period of 28 days before the marriage can take place.
Please check with your local Mairie (Town Hall) for the accurate information required from the French authorities.
The turn around to deliver the attestation is 10 working days
PACS in France
Pacs is a legal protocol in France that formally recognises both opposite sex and same sex common law relationships.
The Certificate de Coutume cannot be delivered by the Embassy but an attestation to this effect can be obtained from the Embassy to be given to the French Authorities. Download and print the attestation which you can provide to the French Authorities.
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