A civil partnership is a legal relationship which can be registered by two people of the same sex who aren’t related to each other. If you are in a same-sex relationship, registering a civil partnership will give your relationship legal recognition. This will give you added legal rights, as well as responsibilities.
Once you have registered a civil partnership, it can only be ended if one of you dies, or by applying to court to bring the partnership legally to an end.
You cannot apply to bring a civil partnership to an end until it has lasted for at least one year.
For more information about civil partnerships please contact our Family Law specialists.