A civil partnership is a ‘marriage’ between two people of the same sex. It gives the couple legal recognition, enabling them to obtain rights similar to those enjoyed by heterosexual couples who are married.
Civil partners have equal treatment to married couples in a wide range of legal matters, including:
You can apply to the court for a separation order or a dissolution order.
The Civil Partnerships Act became law in December 2005, allowing same sex couples to have their relationship legally recognised. There are, however, many anomalies when it comes to matters relating to children conceived in a civil partnership.
Since a civil partnership gives same sex couples the same legal rights as their married heterosexual counterparts, when the relationship breaks down it requires formal legal proceedings to end the agreement between the couple. To do this, one of the parties must file a petition with the court, requesting civil partnership dissolution. This is a process very similar to the divorce process.
It is important that all financial and children elements of your relationship are considered.