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Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014

Power to make provision corresponding to EC Regulation 2201/2003

226.Paragraph 2(1)(a) of Schedule 1B enables the Scottish Ministers to make regulations about the jurisdiction of the courts in relevant proceedings in relation to a same sex marriage. “Relevant proceedings” are defined in paragraph 1(2) of Schedule 1B with reference to the proceedings listed in paragraph 1(1): divorce; separation; declarator of marriage; declarator of nullity of marriage and declarator of recognition, or non-recognition, of a decree of divorce, separation or nullity granted outwith a Member State of the EU. Paragraph 2(1)(b) allows the Scottish Ministers to make regulations to provide for the recognition in Scotland of a judgment by a court of another Member State relating to divorce, separation or annulment.

227.The regulations under paragraph 2(1) would apply where one of the couple: is or has been habitually resident in a Member State), or is an EU national, or is domiciled in a part of the UK or the Republic of Ireland. The regulations may correspond with the terms of EC Regulation 2201/2003 on jurisdiction, recognition and enforcement of judgments in matrimonial matters.

228.The provisions in regulations made under paragraph 2(1)(b) on recognition of judgments can apply retrospectively – i.e. where the date of the divorce is earlier than the date on which the paragraph comes into force.

229.A statutory instrument containing these regulations will be subject to the affirmative procedure.

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