Parliament registers draft on civil partnerships

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15:55, 14.03.2023

Bill 9103 on civil partnerships, registered in the Verkhovna Rada, would help same-sex and different-sex couples obtain close kinship status without having to marry.

The establishment of a civil partnership institute enables couples to obtain the status of close relatives. This is particularly important for same-sex couples who cannot marry due to restrictions in the Constitution (its provision cannot be changed under martial law).

The draft also provides for procedures, including inheritance, in the event of missing and death of one of the partners. But at the same time, the draft does not address the issue of parenthood, nor does it amend criminal, administrative or tax legislation.

It is worth noting that a registered partnership would not amount to marriage.

It is envisaged that it will be possible to register the relationship within 10 days of filing an application. The dissolution procedure can take place either on a general application or at the will of one of the parties - through separate court proceedings, but there is no reconciliation or determination of the reasons for dissolution.

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