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Opposite sex civil partnerships to begin on New Year’s Eve

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Opposite sex couples in England and Wales will be able to enter civil partnerships for the first time on New Year’s Eve. Earlier this week the House of Lords approved the Civil Partnership (Opposite Sex Couples) Regulations 2019. These amend the Civil Partnership Act, which dates back to 2004. The newly altered provisions will allow straight couples to register civil partnerships in addition to their same sex counterparts. The amendments have been scheduled for 2 December 2019. As a 28-day notice period is still required when couples register their intention to marry or enter a civil partnership, 31 December will…

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Scottish Parliament introduces Civil Partnership Bill

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The Scottish Parliament has introduced a bill extending civil partnerships to heterosexual couples north of the border. The move follows last year’s Supreme Court ruling that the exclusion of heterosexual couples from the civil partnership option had become incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights since the introduction of same sex marriage. This had resulted in same sex couples having the choice of traditional marriage or a civil partnership, while their opposite sex counterparts were limited to marriage. The Scottish government conducted a public consultation on the matter last year, asking whether the abolition or extension of civil partnerships…

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High Court considers “nightmare” adoption case

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A toddler placed with prospective adopters should be returned to her biological parents, a High Court Judge has ruled. This emotional case concerned ‘A’, who turned one in July. Sitting in the Family Court at Cardiff, Mr Justice Francis described the dispute over her future as one involving “two decent couples” who “have found themselves pitted against each other in litigation which none of them could have wished for in their worst nightmares.” “…the human misery in this court is palpable,” he noted. Before A’s birth her parents had decided to give her up for adoption. They had been experiencing…

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Family courts told not to “press the pause button”

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Family court judges should proceed with caution when postponing final decisions in a case, the Court of Appeal has declared. The case of S-L (Children: Adjournment) concerned a local authority’s appeal against a ruling made earlier this year. The recorder in that case had adjourned the council’s application for care and placement orders for two young children. The parents of the three year-old girl and her seven month old baby brother were suspected of neglect and had poor parenting skills. ‘Care and placement’ orders are twin rulings made by family courts to take children into care and then place them…

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