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237Supplementary provisions relating to recognition of dissolution etc.E+W+S+N.I.
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(1)For the purposes of sections 235 and 236, a civil partner is to be treated as domiciled in a country if he was domiciled in that country—

(a)according to the law of that country in family matters, or

(b)according to the law of the part of the United Kingdom in which the question of recognition arises.

(2)The Lord Chancellor [F1, the Department of Justice in Northern Ireland] or the Scottish Ministers may by regulations make provision—

(a)applying sections 235 and 236 and subsection (1) with modifications in relation to any country whose territories have different systems of law in force in matters of dissolution, annulment or legal separation;

(b)applying sections 235 and 236 with modifications in relation to—

(i)an overseas dissolution, annulment or legal separation in the case of an overseas relationship (or an apparent or alleged overseas relationship);

(ii)any case where a civil partner is domiciled in a country or territory whose law does not recognise legal relationships between two people of the same sex;

(c)with respect to recognition of the validity of an overseas dissolution, annulment or legal separation in cases where there are cross-proceedings;

(d)with respect to cases where a legal separation is converted under the law of the country or territory in which it is obtained into a dissolution which is effective under the law of that country or territory;

(e)with respect to proof of findings of fact made in proceedings in any country or territory outside the United Kingdom.

(3)The power [F2of the Lord Chancellor or the Scottish Ministers] to make regulations under subsection (2) is exercisable by statutory instrument.

(4)A statutory instrument containing such regulations—

(a)if made by the Lord Chancellor, is subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament;

(b)if made by the Scottish Ministers, is subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of the Scottish Parliament.

[F3(4A)The power of the Department of Justice in Northern Ireland to make regulations under subsection (2) is exercisable by statutory rule for the purposes of the Statutory Rules (Northern Ireland) Order 1979.

(4B)Regulations made by the Department of Justice under subsection (2) are subject to negative resolution within the meaning of section 41(6) of the Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954.]

(5)In this section (except subsection (4)) and sections 233 to 236 and 238—

  • annulment” includes any order annulling a civil partnership, however expressed;

  • part of the United Kingdom” means England and Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland;

  • proceedings” means judicial or other proceedings.

(6)Nothing in this Chapter is to be read as requiring the recognition of any finding of fault made in proceedings for dissolution, annulment or legal separation or of any maintenance, custody or other ancillary order made in any such proceedings.

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I1S. 237 wholly in force at 5.12.2005; s. 237 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 263; s. 237(2)-(5) in force at 15.4.2005 by S.I. 2005/1112, art. 2, Sch. 2; s. 237(1)(6) in force at 5.12.2005 by S.I. 2005/3175, art. 3, Sch. 2

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