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Mixed-Sex Civil Partnerships – Coming Soon! 23 September 2019

A recent approved amendment by the House of Commons means mixed-sex civil partnerships should become legal by the end of this year.

On 15th March 2019, the House of Commons approved an amendment made by the House of Lords to the Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc) Bill - and although there is still a way to go before it becomes law, it signifies that mixed-sex couples will be able to legally enter into civil partnerships by the end of the year.

What's Changed?

At the moment, civil partnerships are restricted to same-sex couples only - with mixed couples only having the option of marriage.

The amended Bill is set to become law and will see equality for mixed-sex and same-sex couples who wish to register a civil partnership.

Why Did This Change Happen?

The amendment was brought forward by Tim Laughton MP, after Charles Keiden and Rebecca Steinfeld won their battle in the Supreme Court to be able to form a civil partnership.

What This Could Mean For You

From the end of 2019, all couples will be allowed to enter into civil partnerships.

This law change means the 3.3million unmarried couples who co-habit in the UK will have the option for far greater legal protection through entering into a civil partnership, if they prefer not to marry. This will give them a similar level of protection in the eyes of the law as married couples and same-sex civil partners, including inheritance rights.

To find out more about our Family Law services or to speak to one of our specialist solicitors about civil partnerships and the upcoming changes to the existing law, please contact us at our Failsworth office on 0161 681 4005 or at our Chorlton office on 0161 860 7123 or email