Cyprus Mail

Civil partnership applications will be accepted from January 18

The interior ministry announced on Tuesday that all couples wishing to enter a civil partnership agreement would be able to do so as of January 18.

The law pertaining to civil partnerships was passed by the House plenum last month and became law on December 9 but district administration offices will not be in a position to implement the provisions until January 18.

Relevant information, rates, and forms will be available on the website of the interior ministry and of the civil registry and migration department before that date, it said.

The forms will request specific documentation such as letter of freedom etc, but the list of what exactly will be required is not yet finalised.

A source within the interior ministry told the Cyprus Mail that the cost for registration  has been set by decree at €90. Replacement certificates will cost €15.

The same source said that there had been enquiries as regards civil partnership agreements both from same-sex and heterosexual couples, but that it was too soon to say whether all those who made enquiries would actually enter a legal agreement.

Similarly, the head of Accept-LGBT Cyprus Costas Gavrielides told the Cyprus Mail that there had been increased interest from people, local and foreign nationals, as regards their rights and civil partnerships. He said though, that despite the expressions of interest, it was still a big decision for many couples and it remained to be seen in due course how many would register. He estimated that it was those couples face legal or immigration obstacles that would be the first to do so.

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