Civil partnerships have been allowed in England and Wales under the civil partnership act of 2004. This act allows same sex couples to have the same rights and responsibilities in principle as a couple in a civil marriage. From 2020 opposite sex couples have also been allowed to enter into a civil partnership arrangement.
Civil partners now have the same entitlement to property rights as married opposite sex couples, the same exemption as married couples in areas such as inheritance tax, pension benefits and Social Security and also the ability to obtain parental responsibility for a partner’s children. In addition they can also have responsibility for reasonable maintenance of one’s partner, the children, tenancy rights, full life insurance recognition, next of kin rights in hospitals and other rights traditionally accorded to married couples. There is now in place a formal process for dissolving civil partnerships which is similar to divorce proceedings.
Same sex marriages were legalised through the marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013. Although civil partnerships also remain an option. Since 2020 the option to convert a same-sex civil partnership into a marriage has also been available.
If you have any questions or concerns about the breakdown of your civil partnership or marriage and feel that you need help then talk to Mark Reynolds solicitors today and let us help you.