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The Civil Partnership (Treatment of Overseas Relationships) Order (Northern Ireland) 2005

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1.—(1) This Order may be cited as the Civil Partnership (Treatment of Overseas Relationships) Order (Northern Ireland) 2005 and shall come into operation on 5th December 2005.

(2) In this Order—

“the Act of 2004” means the Civil Partnership Act 2004; and

“recognised overseas relationship” means an overseas relationship which is treated as a civil partnership pursuant to chapter 2 of Part 5 of the Act of 2004.

(3) The Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954(1) shall apply to this Order as it applies to an Act of the Assembly.

Overseas relationships dissolved etc. before commencement treated as civil partnerships

2.  The following provisions are specified for the purpose of section 215(5)(b) of the Act of 2004—

(a)the Fatal Accidents (Northern Ireland) Order 1977(2);

(b)the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) (Northern Ireland) Order 1979(3);

(c)in the case of a marriage solemnised on or after 5th December 2005, Article 18 (Prohibited degrees of relationship) of the Family Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Northern Ireland) Order 1984(4);

(d)in the case of a bankruptcy where the bankruptcy order was made on or after 5th December 2005, Article 256A (Bankrupt’s home ceasing to form part of estate), Article 286 (Charge on bankrupt’s home), Article 286A (Low value home: application for sale, possession or charge), Article 305 (Saving for bankrupt’s home) and Article 337 (Inquiry into bankrupt’s dealings and property) of the Insolvency (Northern Ireland) Order 1989(5);

(e)Schedule 1 to the Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995(6) (FINANCIAL PROVISION FOR CHILDREN);

(f)Article 11 (Occupation orders where applicant has estate, etc. or has home rights), Article 13 (One former spouse or former civil partner with no existing right to occupy) and Article 15 (Neither spouse or civil partner entitled to occupy) of and Schedule 2 (TRANSFER OF CERTAIN TENANCIES ON DIVORCE ETC. OR ON SEPARATION OF COHABITEES) to the Family Homes and Domestic Violence (Northern Ireland) Order 1998(7);

(g)in the case of a notice of marriage given on or after 5th December 2005, marriage notices prescribed by the Marriage Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003(8) under Article 3 (Notice of intention to marry) of the Marriage (Northern Ireland) Order 2003(9);

(h)in the case of a marriage solemnised on or after 5th December 2005, Article 5 (Power to require evidence) of the Marriage (Northern Ireland) Order 2003(10); and

(i)section 141 (Power to require evidence of name etc.), section 193 (Applications under section 191 by former civil partners) of and Schedule 12 (PROHIBITED DEGREES OF RELATIONSHIP: NORTHERN IRELAND) to the Act of 2004.

Transitional etc. provision relating to overseas relationships

3.—(1) Section 165 (Time bar on applications for dissolution orders) of the Act of 2004 applies in relation to a recognised overseas relationship registered under the relevant law before 5th December 2005 as though for the words “formation of the civil partnership” there were substituted “registration of the overseas relationship”.

(2) Paragraph 16(2)(d) of Schedule 15 to the Act of 2004 applies to an application under Part 1 of that Schedule or under Part 1 of Schedule 17 to the Act of 2004 which relates to a recognised overseas relationship registered under the relevant law before 5th December 2005 as though for the reference to “the duration of the civil partnership” there were substituted “the duration of the overseas relationship by virtue of which they are treated as having formed a civil partnership”.

(3) Paragraph 5(2)(d) of Schedule 16 to the Act of 2004 applies to an application under Part 1 of that Schedule which relates to a recognised overseas relationship registered under the relevant law before 5th December 2005 as though for the reference to “the duration of the civil partnership” there were substituted “the duration of the overseas relationship by virtue of which they are treated as having formed a civil partnership”.

4.  Where—

(a)a person is treated as a civil partner by virtue of having registered a recognised overseas relationship under the relevant law before 5th December 2005, and

(b)he has, before registering that relationship, made a will,

Article 13A of the Wills and Administration Proceedings (Northern Ireland) Order 1994(11) is not to apply to that will

5.—(1) Section 212 of the Act of 2004 shall apply for the purpose of determining whether a relationship entered into before 5th December 2005 is an overseas relationship as though for the words in subsection (1)(b) from “and” to the end of the subsection there were substituted—

(ii)neither of whom is already lawfully married or a party to a recognised overseas relationship registered under the relevant law before the relationship concerned was entered into; and

(iii)neither of whom is on 5th December 2005 a party to a marriage which on the date of its solemnisation was valid according to the law of Northern Ireland (including its rules of private international law)..

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of Finance and Personnel on 30th November 2005.

L.S.

Ethne E Harkness

A senior officer of the

Department of Finance and Personnel

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