The Government has announced that all couples in England and Wales will be able to choose to have a civil partnership rather than get married, following a Supreme Court ruling. We summarise what is going to change and consider what this means for unmarried couples and their families. The Court unanimously ruled in favour of Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan from London, who launched their own legal bid to be allowed to have a civil partnership. The law change will give mixed-sex couples and their families the option of greater security, addressing an imbalance that allows same-sex couples to choose, but not mixed-sex couples. The Scottish government is also now carrying out a consultation on allowing mixed-sex couples to enter into civil partnerships. There are more than 3.
Civil partnership reforms for mixed sex couples
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One of the first mixed-sex couples to become civil partners hailed it as a "unique, special and personal moment". Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan, who won a legal battle for the right to heterosexual civil partnerships, celebrated at Kensington and Chelsea Register Office in west London. Introduced for same-sex couples in , civil partnerships offer almost identical rights as marriage, including property, inheritance and tax entitlements. After Ms Steinfeld and Mr Keidan won their legal bid at the Supreme Court in for the right to have a civil partnership instead of a marriage, the rules were changed to make them available to everyone in England and Wales. The Civil Partnership Scotland Bill is currently making its way through the Scottish Parliament to make mixed-sex partnerships legal north of the border.
Mixed-Sex Couples – Civil Partnerships
In one of the final acts before Parliament was dissolved for the general election, final orders were approved to enable the Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Death Act meaning heterosexual couples can now enter into a civil partnership putting them on an equal footing with same-sex couples. Opposite sex couples can now give notice of an intended civil partnership, the first to take place on New Year's Eve. A civil partnership is a legal relationship, which is registered between two people giving their relationship legal recognition. This will give you added legal rights, as well as responsibilities. Contact us Stay up to date.
Civil partnerships were initially created in to give same-sex couples who at the time could not marry similar legal and financial protection as that offered by marriage. Same-sex marriage has, of course, since been legalised - by virtue of the Marriage Same Sex Couples Act allowing same-sex couples to decide between marriage or entering into a civil partnership. Many unmarried couples in long-standing relationships in England and Wales share the view that they do not wish to marry, often due to historical or religious connotations.