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Conversions from Civil Partnership to Marriage are now in effect!
On 26th June 2014, the Government announced that men and women in same-sex relationships who are already in a civil partnership will be able to convert it to a civil marriage from 10 December 2014. However, civil partnerships will not be extended to include straight couples.
These changes came as the Department for Culture, Media and Sport published the results of a consultation into the potential changes needed for civil partnerships. This has been a long awaited by many couples who had previously entered into civil partnerships over the last decade and brings this in line with the changes on 29th March 2014 which allowed same sex couples to marry in England and Wales.
Yesterday, we saw fashion entrepreneur Mary Portas take advantage of these new rules and convert her civil partnership into marriage. The conversion took place at Westminster City Hall in London one minute after the law came into effect. It is early days to see how popular these conversions will be but here, at Breeze and Wyles, we will be keeping a beady eye out on how these changes will take effect.
Henal Gautam is an Associate Solicitor at Breeze and Wyles Solicitors Ltd. Qualified as a solicitor in 2004, she joined the Family Department at Breeze and Wyles Solicitors Ltd in 2005. Henal specialises in family law specifically relation to children. She represents parents, family members and children in a wide variety of public law cases, in addition to adoption and special guardianship and representing parents in s8 Children Act proceedings. Henal deals with most of her own advocacy, being instructed in a number of complex cases involving cruelty to children and serious allegations of harm, adoption within the UK and overseas. She is a member of the Law Society Children’s Panel, Resolution and the Association of Lawyers for Children, Henal is also a Trustee of the Broxbourne East Hertfordshire Domestic Violence Forum and the Hertford Contact Centre.