BLM discusses Civil Partnerships for Opposite Sex Couples

On the 12th day of Christmas…. My true love gave to me…

In this the last of our #12DaysOfChristmas #12DaysOfFamilyLaw blog series partner Grainne Fahy discusses


Civil Partnerships for Opposite Sex Couples

There are many reasons why heterosexual couples choose not to enter into a marriage contract with their partners. Some consider marriage to be old fashioned and stuffy. And that may well be so but this has often left separating cohabitating couples in the unenviable position of relying on civil and land law in the case of a relationship breakdown.

Prior to 2nd December 2019, the options were marriage or cohabitation, but now there is a third option – a Civil Partnership, which some may think of as the middle-ground. As of 2nd December of this, heterosexual couples wishing to enter into a civil partnership can give notice of their intention, which means that as early as 31st December 2019 they could be entering into their civil partnerships.

This has been a long time coming as same sex couples have been able to enter into civil partnerships since 2005 and since 2014 have been able to get married, so this has in effect left opposite sex couples lagging behind until now in terms of their rights. This is a most welcomed move forward for those couples who wanted to have another option to marriage which leaves them, and potentially their children, less vulnerable in the case of a relationship break-down.

How many opposite couples will choose to go down this road remains to be seen but for those who get in there at the earliest possible opportunity many congratulations from the family law team at BLM - what a way to ring in the New Year?!


We do hope that you have enjoyed our #12DaysOfChristmas #12DaysOfFamilyLaw blog series, designed to shine a spotlight on and demystify usually clouded elements of the legal process impacting individuals and families.

From everyone within BLM’s Private Wealth Practice, we wish you all the very best for the festive season and New Year.


Disclaimer: This document does not present a complete or comprehensive statement of the law, nor does it constitute legal advice. It is intended only to highlight issues that may be of interest to customers of BLM. Specialist legal advice should always be sought in any particular case.



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