Wednesday, March 30, 2011
When France created its civil union system in 1999, it never anticipated that there would be two civil unions per every three marriages by 2010 or that 90% of such unions would be between straight couples by 2009. French couples, for varying reasons, are increasingly shunning marriage and opting for civil unions instead. Some benefits of civil unions include:
- They allow couples to file joint tax returns.
- They exempt partners from inheritance taxes.
- They permit partners to share insurance policies.
- They make partners responsible for each other’s debts.
- They can be between homosexual couples.
- Forming a civil union requires little more than one appearance before a judge and ending one requires a registered letter.
- They provide many of the benefits that marriage does without requiring this anti-marriage generation to get married.
See Scott Sayare and Maia De La Baume, In France, Civil Unions Gain Favor Over Marriage, N.Y. Times, Dec. 15, 2010.