Protection of Adults

International Family Law

The Hague Convention of January 13, 2000 on the International Protection of Adults applies to any court-ordered protective measures that relate to a vulnerable adult and involve an international element.

It sets forth rules on international jurisdiction for issuing or amending a court-ordered protective measure, as well as jurisdictional rules for urgent cases. It determines the rules of law that apply to international protective orders.

The Convention also creates a mechanism for international cooperation between countries in order to facilitate communication among competent authorities and to locate an adult whose situation or condition makes it necessary to take protective measures. This cooperative mission is carried out, in France, by the Justice Ministry’s Office of the Union, Private International Law, and Civil Mutual Assistance.

International Family Law


Different types of unions exist, each of which leads to different rights and duties for the individuals in the couple. In an international context, we need to make sure that the union will be recognized both in France and abroad.


How a couple separates depends on the type of union they chose. For married couples, we need to pay attention to the jurisdiction in which the divorce will be filed.


Children may be affected by various matters that fall under international family law (habitual residence on the territory of a foreign country, movement across a border, etc.)

Estate Management and Transfer of Assets

Estates are transferred after a death or on the basis of an estate plan. In an international context, this area of law has special characteristics due to the diversity of laws and taxes that may apply.

Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments

In an international context, the question of what consequences a foreign judgment will have in France often arises.

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