27th July 2020

Monaco provides same-sex cohabitation agreements

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Since 27 June 2020, the country has allowed same-sex couples to sign a cohabitation agreement (Frenchcontrat de vie commune), which provides some limited rights and obligations.[6][7]

The cohabitation agreement bill was introduced to the Monegasque Parliament on 16 April 2018. Under the bill, cohabiting same and opposite-sex couples would be considered on par with siblings for inheritance taxes and not at the same level as married couples. The agreement, which is open to siblings and parents and children as well, also provides an enumerated set of property rights and reciprocal obligations. The contrat is signed in front of a notary and then deposited at a public registry.[8] On 4 December 2019, the National Council unanimously approved the bill. The law entered into force in 2020, six months after its publication in the Journal de Monaco.[9]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recognition_of_same-sex_unions_in_Monaco#cite_note-n%C2%B0_1481-8[10]