Since December 2005 same sex couples have been able to enter into a civil partnership. A civil partnership is very similar to a marriage. Please click here to read our blog about the differences between civil partnerships and marriage.
At present, civil partnerships are only available to same sex couples. However, in October 2018 the Prime Minister announced that civil partnerships are to be extended to be available for heterosexual couples, following a Supreme Court ruling that the current regime leads to unlawful discrimination. Detailed legislation is awaited.
As same sex couples have been able to marry since March 2014, the numbers of couples entering into civil partnerships at present are fairly limited.
If you are considering entering into a civil partnership you may want to consider entering into a pre-partnership agreement (like a prenuptial agreement) to consider how finances might be resolved in the event that your relationship breaks down.
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