Civil Partnerships extended to Mixed-Sex Couples

Civil partnerships have been available to same-sex couples since 2004, when the Civil Partnership Act came into force in the UK. The Act gives same-sex couples the same rights and responsibilities as civil marriage, including property rights, exemptions to inheritance tax, social security and pension benefits, and tenancy rights. A formal process similar to divorce is also in place for dissolving a civil partnership.

In October Victoria Atkins, then Minister at the Home Office, announced in the House of Commons that mixed-sex civil partnership registrations would also be permitted in England and Wales. This means that as from 2nd December, 2019, mixed-sex couples can give notice at their local Register Office that they wish to enter into a civil partnership, subject to the usual 28 days’ notice period. Mixed-sex civil partnerships can therefore be officially recognised as from 31st December, 2019.
So any opposite-sex couples wishing to enter into a civil partnership could soon be getting off to a Happy New Year. May they all live happily ever after.

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