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Dentons Successful for Same-Sex Couple Before Regional Court in Zilina

Dentons Successful for Same-Sex Couple Before Regional Court in Zilina

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Dentons has successfully represented Mariano Ruiz and his husband Jakub Sanko, on a pro bono basis, before the Regional Court in Zilina in residential proceedings.

According to Dentons, on Monday, October 31, 2022, the Regional Court in Zilina ruled in favor of Ruiz and Sanko in their “struggle to obtain permanent residence in Slovakia so that they can live together as a family. The Regional Court in Zilina, as the court of the first instance, confirmed that the rejection of the application for permanent residence on the basis of family grounds was unjustified discrimination based on sexual orientation and violated the right to respect for private and family life and freedom of residence.”

According to the firm, “the case was remanded back to the immigration authorities for re-examination, in which they will be bound to take into account the court ruling based on the 2006 ECHR case Tadeucci and McCall vs Italy. Once this judgment becomes final and non-appealable, it will form an important precedent for other couples in similar situations and may serve as a basis for acknowledgment of further rights that LGBT+ citizens are currently being denied.”

Dentons’ team included Slovakia Managing Partner Peter Kubina and Associates Sona Kurillova and Nina Drgalova.

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