The law on civil partnership is set to change across UK

22 Jul 2019

BLM's Jennifer Liddell writes for The Scotsman today to discuss the impending Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc) Act 2019 which comes into force in December this year. The Act will allow different sex couples to form civil partnerships in England and Wales.

Later this year, a Bill will be introduced to the Scottish Parliament to allow different sex couples to enter into civil partnerships in Scotland. The likely timescale for this law change is not yet known.

Jennifer explains, "Civil partnerships which have “broken down irretrievably” may be brought to an end by a court process of dissolution. In Scotland, irretrievable breakdown can be established where one partner has behaved in such a way that the other “cannot reasonably be expected” to live with him or her. Similar provisions apply in England. Irretrievable breakdown may also be established in Scotland if the partners have not lived together for one year and the other partner consents to dissolution or simply where they have not lived together for two years. In England and Wales these periods are two and five years respectively."

To read Jennifer's full article, please click here to visit The Scotsman website

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Disclaimer: This document does not present a complete or comprehensive statement of the law, nor does it constitute legal advice. It is intended only to highlight issues that may be of interest to customers of BLM. Specialist legal advice should always be sought in any particular case.

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