Posted on 7th January 2019
The current law on civil partnerships is governed by the Civil Partnership Act 2004 (CPA 2004). The Act defines civil partnership as a legal relationship between two people of the same-sex, formed when they register as civil partners. A civil partnership will give a same-sex relationship added legal rights and responsibilities. It, in fact, places same-sex couples on a very similar footing to spouses who are married. The fundamental difference between marriage and civil partnership, is that only same-sex couples can enter into the latter. Some of the similar rights available to civil partners are summarised below.