Rory Ramsden – Luxury French Property Finder & Buyer's Agent in south west France
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How do French Matrimonial Property Régimes Affect Me and my Partner?

French marriage contracts, often called Matrimonal Property Regimes or MPRs, can be complicated, and can have large impacts on important issues like property inheritance and estate planning. This can impact anyone who owns French property– even if you were married in England. It’s important to consult with a lawyer during any property acquisition process, to decide which of three options for an MPR is best. While MPRs slide under the radar quite easily, it’s crucial not to overlook them.

Key Takeaways:

  • Under French law, when a person dies their property passes to their heirs.
  • If you want some property to pass to your marriage partner you must register your wishes with the French Government. The document is called a Matrimonial Property Régime.
  • It is especially important to consider the Matrimonial Property Régime when one partner is a foreign citizen, and also if the children live in another country.

“Each spouse remains the owner of any property held in their name, both before and during marriage.”

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About the Author Rory

Rory Ramsden is a French property finder and buyer's agent working for high net worth private clients wishing to buy a chateau, manor or vineyard in the south west of France. He has lived in France for 8 years after spending time travelling the world on business.

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