Friday, May 13, 2016
Recently Italy joined the ranks of nations that recognize same-sex civil unions. The law is a major change for Italian law and comes with loads of new laws to go along with the new found legal status. Provided below are some of the key point:
- Those entering into a civil union are obligated to provide assistance and support to the other member of the union. In addition, partners are granted the right to inherit in much the same way as a spouse.
- The law specifically denies the right of partners of a union from adopting step-children even if the assumed a parental role.
- The choice of surname for is left up to the individual partners. Italy has strict registration requirements when it comes to names so allowing those in the civil union to have a choice is a major step forward.
- No requirements regarding fidelity are imposed on those in civil unions. This will result in legal separations having no need to blame a party it is the result of cheating on the other.
See, What Italy’s New Civil Unions Law Entails, Corriere Della Sera, May 12, 2016.