The Civil Partnership Act 2004 came into operation on the 5 December 2005. The Act increases the rights of same-sex partners and removes discrimination against them. Same-sex partners can now obtain legal recognition of their relationship by registering as civil partners.
Opposite-sex couples cannot form a civil partnership in England and Wales, though this may change at the end of 2019.
There are different rules if you want to get married or form a civil partnership:
Other legislation and regulations have been amended to reflect the change in the law affording same sex civil partners virtually the same rights as married couples. This means provision is now made in law to deal with relationship breakdown as well as other areas such finances, children and domestic violence.
This is an area of family law that is undergoing rapid and, at times, dramatic changes in terms of how the law is developing and where case law brings about changes to existing statutes. At rhw we watch developments at a national and micro level closely and adjust our legal approach accordingly.