Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010
Variations etc., of certain orders.
131.— (1) This section applies to the following orders:
(a) a maintenance pending suit order;
(b) a periodical payments order;
(c) a secured periodical payments order;
(d) a lump sum order if and insofar as it provides for the payment of the lump sum by instalments or requires the payment of instalments to be secured;
(f) an order under section 119 (1)(a) or (b);
(g) a financial compensation order;
(i) an order under this section.
(2) Any of the following persons may apply under this section with respect to an order referred to in subsection (1):
(a) either of the civil partners concerned;
(b) in the case of the death of a civil partner, another person who has, in the opinion of the court, sufficient interest in the matter; and
(c) in the case of the registration of a new civil partnership or the marriage of either of the civil partners, his or her new civil partner or spouse.
(3) Subject to this section and section 129 and to any restriction or exclusion pursuant to section 118 (2) or 121 (8), and without prejudice to section 120 (6), the court may, on application under subsection (2) and if it considers it proper to do so, having regard to any change in the circumstances of the case and to any new evidence, by order—
(a) vary or discharge the order,
(b) suspend any provision of the order,
(c) suspend temporarily any provision of the order,
(d) revive the operation of a suspended provision,
(e) further vary an order previously varied under this section, and
(f) further suspend or revive the operation of a provision previously suspended or revived under this section.
(4) An order under this section may require the divesting of property vested in a person under an order referred to in subsection (1).
(5) The court’s power under subsection (3) to vary, discharge or suspend an order referred to in subsection (1)(e) is subject to any restriction or exclusion specified in that order and is a power—
(a) to vary the settlement to which that order relates in any person’s favour or to extinguish or reduce any person’s interest under that settlement; and
(b) to make the supplemental provision, including a further property adjustment order or a lump sum order, that the court thinks appropriate in consequence of any variation, extinguishment or reduction made under paragraph (a).
(6) Section 128 applies, with the necessary modifications, to a case where the court makes an order under subsection (5) as it applies to a case where the court makes a property adjustment order.
(7) The court shall not make an order under subsection (5) if it appears to the court that the order could prejudice the rights of a person who is not a civil partner concerned and has acquired a right or interest in consequence of the order referred to in subsection (1)(e).
(8) This section applies, with any necessary modifications, to instruments executed pursuant to orders referred to in subsection (1) as it applies to those orders.
(9) The registrar or clerk of the court shall, as appropriate, lodge a copy of an order made under subsection (3) in relation to a property adjustment order relating to land, which he or she has certified to be a true copy, with the Property Registration Authority for registration in the Registry of Deeds or Land Registry, as appropriate.
(10) Where a property adjustment order lodged under section 118 (4) and duly registered pursuant to section 69 (1)(h) of the Registration of Title Act 1964 is varied, discharged, suspended or revived by an order under subsection (3) and the second-mentioned order has been duly lodged for registration pursuant to subsection (9), the Property Registration Authority shall—
(b) note the position in the Registry of Deeds.