This branch of private law governs the relationships between individuals who are related by marriage or family ties. Although there is no universally recognized legal definition of family, the family is nonetheless covered by several international agreements that aim to recognize and protect the rights of children.
Under French law, there are two types of unions: non-marital unions (cohabitation and civil unions or PACS) and marriage.
In principle, married couples can only end their marriage by going through divorce proceedings. However, other types of separation exist and have very different effects.
Children's lives may be subject to legal intervention at various points, for example, when establishing parentage or organizing their relationships with their parents.
People who have reached majority and are considered vulnerable due to their situation (physical, psychological or social) may be protected by a judicial protective order covering both their person and their estate.