Registered Partnerships: A Model for Partnership Recognition (Disponible en Français: Les unions libres enregistrées: Un modèle de reconnaissance des rapports personnels)
Ottawa: Law Commission of Canada, 2001
74 Pages Posted: 10 Jul 2013
Date Written: August 1, 2001
The principal objective of this paper is to provide a factual and an analytical examination of registered partnerships. It was submitted to the Law Commission of Canada as part of an exploration of close, personal relationships formed by adults. As such, this research could provide a better understanding of the actual and potential uses of registered partnerships, as a means for creating better conditions for adults in close personal relationships to declare their commitments, obligations and responsibilities to each other.
The paper is divided in three main sections. Following the introduction, Part II categorizes and describes the various types of registered partnership models that have been established in different jurisdictions around the world. The Annex, which provides factual information about existing registered partnership models in a table format, provides additional and complementary information and should be consulted in conjunction with Part II. Part III reviews current uses of registered partnerships to assess the value of opting for such a model. Academic and activist debates are examined to outline the benefits and pitfalls with registered partnerships as a model of legal recognition for either conjugal or non-conjugal relationships. Part VI looks to situate the issue in the Canadian context by contrasting the debates surrounding registered partnerships in other jurisdictions. This last section will assess whether registered partnerships add any value if same-sex couples are no longer barred from marriage.
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