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Old 14th August 2019, 09:15 AM
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So, my now wife, (and former PACSée) managed to get married in France on Saturday!

We both currently live in the US, and I'm British/American. We got married here on the basis of my wife's mother's residence here. And we managed to deal with all the paperwork involved - even with a mini-panic one Friday afternoon when we had our pre-marriage rendezvous at the mairie a couple of months ago just before I was flying back to the US. It turned out we needed a bunch more documentation including proving our residence address in the US (!) and some things for my mother-in-law. (This was even after we'd exchanged a lot of email in advance and they'd told us we had everything we needed.)

Even now we still need to go back to the mairie to have some items corrected (a birth date, wrong country address for one of our witnesses) before we can pick up the official final marriage certificate.

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Congratulations! And rest assured, most foreigners don't seem to be able to get through a simple administrative function without having to provide "just one more" document a few times over.

So now what are the plans? Are you going to (eventually) live in France?

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And rest assured, most foreigners don't seem to be able to get through a simple administrative function without having to provide "just one more" document a few times over.
Surprisingly all my personal stuff was OK. It was my wife's and MIL documents that needed additions. But I suppose that was related to our living overseas. They even threatened that the marriage date would be cancelled if we didn't get the documents back within 90 minutes!

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If we retire in 10 years or so, we'll consider France as one place to base ourselves. I'd also like to apply for French nationality in 5 years' time - if my French is up to the required level by then!

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After picking up the livret de famille this morning, we then realized that the marriage certificates were incorrect in that they listed my wife's last name as now being the same as mine. Apparently their software automatically changed it for her (but not me) if the entry was left blank. So they crossed out her "new" last name, wrote in the correct one and stamped it. Don't know what their software would have done for two women - switched both of their names?!

(If we do change last names at some point, we'll probably hyphenate our two names together for both of us.)

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I think that is the "trick" of the line labeled "nom d'usage" - always fill in whatever name it is you actually do use, even if the same as your "nom de jeune fille." And/or fill in the line "nom" with the name you wish to be called by.

For France, it's not really a matter of "changing" name as much as making use of the "nom d'usage" space. Technically, your legal name is always the one you were given at birth and which appears on your birth certificate. Things only get "locked in" a bit once you start having children, since all children from the marriage must be given the same family name, be it Mom's, Dad's or a hyphenated combination of the two.

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Whenever you pick up a new certificate or card related to your état civil you are supposed to check all the details, because mistakes can and do happen and if you don't get it fixed it can create problems later. IIRC it took at least 4 goes to get my carte d'identité right, despite the Mairie sending it back with very clear messages which eventually were more like posters - in fact each time I walked back in with the problem the clerk at the Mairie would look at me in astonishment, say Oh no, not again, and on the final occasion we both burst out laughing and he had to explain to his colleagues what we found so hilarious. BTW that all occurred during the summer holiday season as well.

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