Civil partners are treated as if married when determining nearest relative

From 1/12/07 changes made by the MHA 2007 give civil partners equal status to husbands and wives when determining a patient's nearest relative. See s26.

Extract from Explanatory Notes

84. Section 26 amends the list in sections 26 and 27 of the 1983 Act of those persons who may act in the role of NR of a patient, by giving a civil partner equal status to a husband or wife.


Date in forceCommencement orderMHA 2007 sectionMHA 1983 sections affected
1/12/07 Mental Health Act 2007 (Commencement No. 3) Order 2007 26 s26, s27


Mental Health Act 2007 Explanatory Notes - page 1


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