Since the Civil Partnership Act 2004 coming into force, same sex couples have been able to obtain recognition of their relationship under law.
Registering a civil partnership involves 'giving notice' to your local register office stating that you wish to register a civil partnership. This gives the couple legal rights similar to those enjoyed by married couples relating to:
- employment benefits
- child maintenance
- parental responsibility for civil partner's children
- access to accident compensation and insurance
- protection from domestic violence
- immigration rights
These areas are far from simple. If you're considering a civil partnership, you would undoubtedly benefit from expert advice from experienced family law solicitors.