Go Ahead for mixed-sex couples wanting Civil Partnerships
The government has finally announced that heterosexual couples in England and Wales will be able to enter a civil partnership rather than get married. Mike Follis head of Family Law at Davies and Partners welcomed the announcement.
The government has been under pressure to make this announcement following a human rights ruling by the Supreme Court.
Civil partnerships were only available to same-sex couples and were introduced before same-sex couples were permitted to marry.
Mike Follis, Head of Family Law at Davies and Partners welcomed the announcement. He said, "There are many long-term relationships in which couples do not wish to marry. However, the law treats them differently. It affects inheritance rights, tax reliefs, pension entitlements and other matters.
It is a personal decision but some people do not want to marry. Civil partnerships provide them with an option that can give benefits and financial security. I have seen cases in which an unmarried couple break up after a long relationship and they assume that they are ‘common law’ husband and wife with the same entitlement as a married couple. This is not the case and civil partnerships will provide an option for couples who choose not to marry."
If you have any Family Law issues you would like to discuss with Davies and Partners' Family Law team, please do not hesitate to contact them.