Family and Divorce Law Jargon Buster: Part 16 – Civil Partnership

November 5, 2014, By Slater Heelis

This is the next instalment in our bitesize blog series in which we hope to demystify some of the legal terms which are frequently used by family solicitors when giving legal advice and in the family courts environment.

Civil Partnership: A Civil Partnership allows same sex couples the same property rights and tax benefits as heterosexual married couples. It was introduced by the Civil Partnership Act 2004. There remained certain important differences between marriage and a Civil Partnership, such as spousal pension rights, and campaigners continued to argue for equal rights. Several years later in 2013 the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act legalized same sex marriage. Same sex couples can now opt for either a Civil Partnership or marriage.

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