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Civil Partnership Matters

Civil Partnership Matters

The Civil Partnership Act came into force on the 5 December 2005 and it allows same-sex couples to make a formal, legal commitment to each other by forming a civil partnership. This will be administered by the local registration service and on the day of registration the couple will sign in the presence of the registration officer and two witnesses.

Prior to this Act coming into force same-sex couples did not have any way of gaining formal recognition for their relationship and therefore suffered a range of problems in their everyday lives. However, as a result of the Act if a same-sex couple enters into a civil partnership they will gain important rights and responsibilities, some of which are set out below:

Employment and pension benefits
Recognition under intestacy rules
Access to fatal accidents compensation
Recognition for immigration and nationality purposes
A duty to provide reasonable maintenance for your civil partner and any children of the family
Civil partners to be assessed in the same way as spouses for Child Support
Equitable treatment for the purpose of life assurance

A civil partnership can be dissolved after one year. The procedure for dissolution is very similar to the procedure for divorce, although with the dissolution of a civil partnership there is no ground of adultery. Also, financial provision and matters relating to children are very similar to those in respect for divorce. If you require further information regarding this please look at our Divorce and Financial Remedy Proceedings page or contact us to discuss.