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Divorce law blog

Can an opposite sex couple enter into a civil partnership?

14/03/2017   By: Emma Noble
The Court of Appeal recently decided that, no, opposite sex couples cannot enter into a civil partnership. However, the judgment was far from clear cut and the decision adds to the growing pressure on the government to reform the law for unmarried couples on separation.

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Backdating marriage certificates for couples converting civil partnerships into marriage

08/10/2014   By: Nigel Shepherd
Although same sex couples became able to marry at the end of March 2014 in England and Wales, there was a glaring anomaly, because those couples who had already entered into a civil partnership, were not able to convert that civil partnership into a marriage. The regulations providing the legal framework for conversion had not been sorted out.

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Save the date: Gay marriages arrive early – for some.

26/03/2014   By: Nigel Shepherd
Same sex couples waiting to get married following the passing of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 didn’t have to wait for as long as they first thought with the first same sex marriages able to take place from Saturday 29th March. Many have already booked their ceremonies to take place on Friday at midnight.

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Ten key facts about same sex marriage

24/07/2013   By: Caitlin Jenkins
The government's legislation on same sex marriage was recently passed, becoming law for England and Wales. So what does this mean and how will it be implemented? Here are ten key facts.

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