Saeima moves partnership regulation forward

The Saeima on November 2 conceptually supported amendments to several laws envisaging the introduction of a partnership institute in Latvia – this will be a new way to legally strengthen relations between two adults, including same-sex couples, and provide them with certain social and economic protection.

The amendments to the laws were voted for by coalition MPs.

The changes stipulate that two adults who have close, personal relationships and share a household and intend to care for it and care for and support each other will be able to enter into a partnership by a notarial agreement.

People who are married, relatives, siblings, half-siblings and step-siblings will not be able to form a partnership, amendments to the law stipulate.

The details of the establishment and termination of the partnership will be entered in the Register of natural persons.

After the partnership has been established, the partner will have the right to take decisions related to the treatment of the other partner if he or she is not able to take care of himself or freely express his or her will, as well as receive information regarding the partner from medical treatment institutions. The changes will also allow partners to obtain social guarantees.

Partnership is not meant to replace marriage.

It is planned that amendments to the laws and regulations regarding the implementation of the partnership will come into force on July 1 2024.

The Saeima will examine the package of amendments to the laws in two readings, and the amendments will be moved to the Saeima's final reading next week, November 9.

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