The Civil Partnership (Jersey) Law 2012 marked the beginning of Jersey’s legal recognition of same sex relationships. This was a welcome development for many of us. Slowly, we have seen the law trying to catch up to reflect our more diverse society. To date, same sex couples have had to wait to be treated in the same way as heterosexual couples. It is changing and there is still so much work to do.
Currently, couples in civil partnerships are not provided with the same parental status as their married heterosexual counterparts in Jersey. They are not automatically given Parental Responsibility for their child unless they are the birth mother. This means that the other parent has to apply for either a residence order or to adopt their child. There is no ability to simply apply for Parental Responsibility for their child. A recent report however shows that a new law is to be drafted in Jersey which would see same -sex parents being named on a birth certificate of their child and registration as the legal parents of their child. This would also see same sex parents being conferred Parental Responsibility. We welcome this development in the law which is long overdue. For now, we must wait for this new law to be drafted.
There is no doubt that relationships have been under strain since the pandemic started and The Jersey Family Court Advisory Service confirmed last month that the numbers of new cases rose by almost a quarter last year. It has been a challenging time for many.
Faced with the possibility of separation, for civil partners, there is a concern, amongst many. that they will not have the same rights as married partners when it comes to the dissolution of their partnership in Jersey. This is not the case. The Civil Partnership (Jersey) Law ensures that same sex couples will be treated legally in the same way when it comes to dissolving their union. It allows the Court to dissolve the partnerships and consider both the arrangements for the children and financial division based on the usual considerations that are seen in divorces. In many ways the dissolution of a civil partnership mirrors divorce proceedings in Jersey.
We are reassured that the law continues to evolve. We are frustrated that it has taken this long. However, there have also been developments in the areas of both property law and succession law in Jersey recognising civil partnerships in those areas. This shows a desire and a determination of society in Jersey to work towards equality.
At Benest & Syvret we have the expertise to guide you through the dissolution of your civil partnership or your marriage. We will guide you through this in a sensitive way, offering practical solutions and expert advice to get you the best possible outcome.
If you need any advice about Civil Partnerships, please contact Nina Benest or Clare Woodhouse on 875875
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