Legally, there’s not much separating a civil partnership from a marriage. Many of the laws of marriage apply to civil partnerships and though there are some subtle differences, at Temperley Taylor we treat them equally.
If you and your partner are thinking of tying the knot, it’s a good idea to get yourself clued up on the legal side of things, just as a heterosexual couple would with marriage.
Temperley Taylor’s family law solicitors have been at the forefront of this rapidly developing area of law since the outset. If you need expert advice, look no further than us.
You can call our Manchester office on 0161 214 5300, our Middleton office on 0161 643 2411, or take a second to fill in our online enquiry form.
Civil partnerships in more detail
Civil partners have the same legal rights as married couples do. When it comes to social security or life insurance recognition, you’ll have to follow the same rules and regulations. On the plus side, you’ll also get the same benefits when it comes to inheritance tax and pension entitlements.
Entering into a civil partnership is as easy as signing on the dotted line. That’s it – the only thing you’re legally required to do is sign a document. You don’t need to have an actual ceremony if you don’t want to, though of course, you’re free to do so if you like.
If the relationship breaks down, civil partnerships can be dissolved just like a marriage and for similar reasons. These include irreconcilable differences, unreasonable behaviour or an extended length of undue separation. The only thing where the law differs currently is that adultery is not considered a valid reason to dissolve a civil partnership.
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We’ve been at the cutting edge of civil partnership law since the first partnerships in 2014, and we’ve helped many couples on their journey. If you need any advice on how to start or end a civil partnership, we’re here to help you.