A notary can guide you through all the stages of your life as a couple and family, whether you are married or in a de facto or civil union. Notaries are family law experts who can demystify the different matrimonial regimes, provide de facto spouses with ways to protect themselves and help in the event of a divorce or separation.

Marriage, civil union and common law union

As legal professionals in family law, notaries can be precious allies. They can analyze your situation and counsel you regarding your choice of matrimonial regime. A notary can also officiate your marriage and draw up your marriage or community of life contract. If you decide on a de facto (common law) union, the notary will also explain the protective measures that can be taken.

Matrimonial regimes and family patrimony

A notary will help you choose the matrimonial regime (partnership of acquests or separation as to property) that best suits your situation and needs. They can even adapt it to your needs, in compliance with the applicable rules.


In the event of divorce or separation, a notary can accompany you through several stages, including the establishment of alimony and child custody and the preparation of a draft agreement. As a mediator, a notary will help you reach fair agreements and avoid conflicts. Under certain conditions, a notary may also represent spouses before the court.


Adopting a child involves a long and rigorous process that must be done in the best interests of the child and respect for their rights.