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Civil Unions and Cohabitation Bill

Posted by on May 18, 2016 in FAMILY LAW UPDATES, LEGAL UPDATES

The Senate has approved a new law governing civil unions in Italy and right of de-facto couples, which has been, for a number of years, subject of a fierce debate between politicians, the Church and the media. The first part of this new law allows civil unions, or civil partnerships, between individuals of the same sex, by way of a declaration before a...

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Italian court: registration of same-sex marriage is null

Posted by on Nov 5, 2015 in FAMILY LAW UPDATES, LEGAL UPDATES

The Italian administrative courts issued a controversial decision last week concerning the registration in Italy of same-sex marriages celebrated abroad, in particular whether such a union can lawfully be registered(1) in the Civil Registry office of the Anagrafe alongside all other marriages in Italy. It was established in this decision, by the highest...

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Stepchild Adoption by Same-Sex couple in Italy

Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in FAMILY LAW UPDATES, LEGAL UPDATES

In a landmark decision on 29th August 2014, an Italian court recognised a woman’s right to adopt the biological child of her same-sex partner. The girl was born after the couple sought fertility treatment in Spain. The couple had then married abroad following the birth of the child, raising her together and sharing parental responsibilities at their home...

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Non EU spouses of EU nationals

Posted by on Mar 23, 2014 in FAMILY LAW UPDATES, LEGAL UPDATES

FAMILY LAW UPDATE by Jessica Zama:  Rights of residence of third-country nationals who are family members of an EU citizen in the Member State of the origin of that citizen. On 12 March 2014, the European Court of Justice ruled in respect of a Member State’s authority to grant a right of residence to a third-country national who is a family member of...

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The right to choose a surname

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014 in FAMILY LAW UPDATES, LEGAL UPDATES

LEGAL UPDATE BY JESSICA ZAMA: While it is normal practice in the UK for a woman to take on her husband’s surname upon marriage, in Italy a woman will always remain known by her maiden name. We are often asked to assist British citizens, who have changed their surnames following marriage, in dealing with Italian authorities such as Banks, who require proof...

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New law on Legitimate and Illegitimate Children

Posted by on Jan 16, 2014 in FAMILY LAW UPDATES

LEGAL UPDATE BY Jessica Zama 15th January 2014: New Regulations in Italy, (Legge 10 December 2012, n. 219) which came into force on 1 January 2014, effectively remove all legal distinctions between legitimate and illegitimate (i.e. born out of wedlock) children, as well as with adopted children. Any references which make these distinctions will be removed...

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UK nationals – new rules for marriage in Italy

Posted by on Mar 8, 2013 in FAMILY LAW UPDATES

UPDATE by Jessica Zama 8.3.2013   New procedural requirements for UK nationals intending to marry in Italy From 1st March 2013, UK nationals, resident in the UK and intending to marry in Italy, now need to provide the following documentation: Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage – this must be issued by the local registry office in the UK,...

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