The popularity of marriage in Germany has seen a reasonably consistent decline since 1960, in line with many countries in the EU.In 19060 the rate of marriage was 9.5 per 1,000 inhabitants, but had fallen to 4.7 in 2010. It offers many of the same rights as marriage, including taking of names, pension and health insurance, immigration and pensions.However recent events have challenged this position.In July 2012 the First Senate declared privileges for married couples in respect to taxes on property purchase to be unconstitutional, while in August 2012 a German court ruled that homosexual couples in a civil union should receive the same tax benefits as heterosexual married couples.The number of same-sex households in Germany has grown from 38,000 in 1996 to 67,000 in 2011.Of these, 40 percent have registered as a civil partnership – an increase from 19 percent in 2006.
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It affords key rights to couples such as in matters of adoption, tenancy and inheritance rights.
The law is also important for foreigners who wish to live in Germany as civil partnership can guarantee an unlimited residence permit () and may help when arranging a work permit.
As a result you may have to apply for new versions of your documents.
For marriages where either the groom or the bride is not German, the documents are sent to the Higher Regional Court of Nurnberg (.
In the area of tax relief married couples receive a benefit, while those in civil partnerships do not (nor do single parents and unmarried parents.