PART 4Amendments: Children and Families

Declarations as to marital status: jurisdiction of the courts

37.  In Article 31 of the Matrimonial and Family Proceedings (Northern Ireland) Order 1989(1) (declarations as to marital status)—

(a)in paragraph (2) (when court has jurisdiction), after “if (and only if)” insert “paragraph (2A) applies or”, and

(b)after paragraph (2) insert—

(2A) This paragraph applies where—

(a)the two people concerned are of the same sex and married each other under the law of Northern Ireland, and

(b)it appears to the court to be in the interests of justice to assume jurisdiction in the case..