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Same sex marriage legalised in Northern Ireland

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Northern Ireland has become the final part of the UK to legalise same sex marriage, no less than five years after England, Wales and Scotland all did so in 2014. Same sex marriage will officially become legal in the Province on 13 January, with the first weddings expected to follow four weeks later, on 14 February. The legislation has taken an unusual route. The Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019, which received royal assent in July, extended the available period for forming a new government in the region after the Northern Ireland Executive collapsed more than three years ago. When…

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Government considers civil partnership conversion for opposite sex couples

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Plans for the introduction of heterosexual civil partnerships have been published by the government. The publication follows a Supreme Court ruling in June last year that denying heterosexual couples the right to enter a civil partnership was in breach of human rights legislation. Civil partnerships were originally introduced in 2004 as alternative to marriage for use by same sex couples. But after the introduction of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013, civil partnerships were left in place despite calls for their extension to heterosexual couples. The recently published Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc) Act 2019 gave the…

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Marriage ceremonies to be reviewed

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The Law Commission has launched a review of regulations surrounding wedding ceremonies in England and Wales, some of which date back almost 200 years. The review, scheduled to run for two years, will focus on whether existing restrictions on where marriages can take place should be maintained or more choices made available. Currently, wedding ceremonies can only be held in: registry offices premises which have been specially approved for weddings – for example hotels churches operated by Church of England or its counterparts the Church in Wales and the Church of Ireland, as well as Presbyterian or Roman Catholic churches…

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Government to consult on ‘no-fault’ divorce

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In recent months, the government launched a consultation on ‘no-fault divorce’, calling for the existing fault-based system of establishing marriage breakdown to be abolished. This follows the highly publicised Supreme Court decision in Owens v Owens [2018] UKSC 41, where a wife of 40 years was refused a divorce due to ‘flimsy and exaggerated’ examples of unreasonable behaviour. At present, a person can only petition for divorce on the basis that their marriage has irretrievably broken down, and this must be supported by one of five ‘facts’: Unreasonable behaviour by the other party Adultery by the other party Desertion by…

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