02 October, 2018
Theresa May has announced that the law will soon change to allow same sex couples and mixed sex couples to both have the option of a civil partnership.
At the moment, same sex couples have the choice of marriage or to enter into a civil partnership. However, mixed sex couples only have the choice of a marriage.
The Government says that there are more than 3.3 million unmarried couples in the UK who live together and share financial responsibilities. Nearly half of them have children together. Unfortunately, these households do not have the same legal protection as those who have entered into a civil partnership or a marriage.
There are a number of further legal issues that will need to be considered but the news has been welcomed. It allows for equal opportunities for all but it must, however, be noted that civil partnerships require an intention to enter into a formal civil partnership. Simply cohabiting will not provide the same protection.
More news will follow from this development.
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