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A civil partnership is a legal union between two people who aren’t related to each other. The union legally recognises your relationship. It’s very similar to a marriage but has only come about in more recent history. It was devised initially to allow both same-sex and opposite sex couples to enter a legal relationship.
In 2004, The Civil Partnership Act was passed to allow same-sex legal unions – and they were limited to same-sex couples only. But today, both same-sex and opposite-sex couples can unite in a civil partnership or a marriage if they choose.
All in all, the unions are pretty similar. The main differences are the following:
Otherwise, they are almost identical. Like marriage, you form a civil partnership when you legally register your partnership in front of witnesses. And the legal implications are binding.
There are a few eligibility requirements for entering a civil partnership:
Presuming all of the above is true, all you must do from here is give notice and plan the type of ceremony you’d like, whether this be religious, civil or other.
Civil partners have the same tax rights as married couples:
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