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Law No. 1.481 of 17 December 2019 on civil solidarity contracts, which entered into force on 27 June 2020.

Civil solidarity contracts are contracts for living together that can be concluded by two persons in the form of a common-law union (partners) and cohabitation contracts that can be concluded by two members of the same family living together in the form of a roof community (cohabitants).

Civil solidarity contracts are drawn up by an authentic deed of the notary with a joint declaration in person by both partners or cohabitants.

In order to draw up a civil solidarity contract, the partners or cohabitants must present to the notary:

  • an identity document;
  • a full copy of their birth certificate;
  • proof of address;
  • a certificate issued by the Court stating that they are not bound to a third party by a pre-existing civil solidarity contract;
  • a declaration on their honour that they are not bound by any other civil solidarity contract validly concluded abroad in application of foreign law.

They commit themselves to contribute to the common needs of their life together and common debts.  On the other hand, any personal debt or personal property remains the same. The civil solidarity contract has no influence in matters of inheritance, the partner is considered as a third party, but he commits rights and obligations in social, employment, criminal, civil procedure, labour, housing, health and fiscal matters.

Civil solidarity contracts are terminated:

  • in the event of death;
  • in case of marriage;
  • following a joint declaration by the partners or cohabitants;
  • following a unilateral declaration by a partner or cohabitant.

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