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difference between getting married and civil partnershipAre you wanting to know what is the difference between getting married and civil partnership? Are you searching for a family lawyers in Glasgow that deals with the legal aspects same sex marriages, civil partnerships, same sex divorce or the break-up of a civil marriage? Well look no further we have been helping couples in Glasgow for years and with the new law coming into force a couple of years ago a big question we do get asked is what is the difference between getting married and civil partnership?

What is the difference between getting married and civil partnership in Scotland?

Basically the answer to what is the difference between getting married and civil partnership can be summed up when asking who cannot marry in Scotland?

  1. If you are already married or in a civil partnership (except if you are converting your civil partnership to a same sex marriage). You and your partner must both be single, widowed, divorced or have dissolved a previous civil partnership.
  2. If you are under 16 years old.
  3. You cannot marry close relatives.
  4. Or if you are incapable of understanding the nature of a marriage ceremony and of consenting to marriage.

It is worth noting that prior to 16 December 2014, a married person who wanted to legally change their gender would have to end their marriage because it wasn’t legal to be married in Scotland to someone of the same gender. With the introduction of same sex marriage in Scotland from 16 December 2014, a married person is now able to change their gender without having to end their marriage. This also makes the spouse of a transgendered person giving them the right to a divorce at any point. In Scotland, if you are aged between 16 and 18 you do not have to have parental consent to get married.

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