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The Marriage of Same Sex Couples (Conversion of Civil Partnership) Regulations 2014

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9.—(1) This regulation applies if the parties to a civil partnership wish to convert their civil partnership into a marriage under the special procedure, which applies where one of the parties is seriously ill and is not expected to recover.

(2) For the parties to convert their civil partnership into a marriage in accordance with the special procedure, one of them must—

(a)attend in person before the superintendent registrar of a registration district to provide the details required by regulation 4(2) and (3) in respect of both parties;

(b)provide such evidence as the superintendent registrar may require in order to be satisfied—

(i)of the name, address and date of birth of each of the parties;

(ii)of the formation of their civil partnership;

(iii)that one of the parties—

(aa)is seriously ill and is not expected to recover;

(bb)cannot be moved to a register office in England and Wales; and

(cc)understands the nature and purport of signing the conversion declaration; and

(c)subject to regulation 15, pay to the superintendent registrar the fee of £15.00.

(3) The certificate of a registered medical practitioner is sufficient evidence of any or all of the matters referred to in paragraph (2)(b)(iii).

(4) The superintendent registrar must attend the parties at any place at which the seriously ill party referred to in paragraph (2)(b)(iii) is present in order to convert the civil partnership.

(5) A conversion in accordance with the special procedure must take place within one month of the date recorded by the superintendent registrar in accordance with regulation 4(6).

(6) The fact that the conversion was carried out in accordance with the special procedure must be recorded in the conversion register.

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