Relationships: Civil Partnerships
What is a Civil Partnership?
A civil partnership is a legal relationship between two people of the same or opposite sex.
In December 2005, legislation came into force which created the right for same-sex couples to enter into a civil relationship which is akin to marriage. The effect of the legislation is that it gave same-sex couples, who register their civil partnership under the
Act, many of the same rights that are enjoyed by married couples including;
Recognition under the rules of intestacy
The ability of one partner to insure the other against death
Protection from domestic violence
The financial remedies on the dissolution of the partnership
However, in June 2018, the Supreme Court ruled that the provisions in the Civil Partnership Act 2004 restricting the option of forming a civil partnership should be extended to opposite-sex couples, to comply with the European Convention on Human Rights. Subsequently The Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc.) Act 2019 was adopted.
How do I end a Civil Partnership? - Dissolution
Like a divorce, the dissolution of a civil partnership can only be granted upon the grounds that the relationship has broken down irretrievably.
We offer advice on the dissolution of Civil Partnerships, including:
Benefits of a Civil Partnership Agreement
Advice on tax and inheritance issues / making a new Will
As with heterosexual couples who live together without being married, the myth of the common law man and wife will arise if a same-sex couple does not register their relationship.
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With offices in Leicester and Market Harborough you can arrange an initial appointment to discuss your civil partnership.