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Let's talk about Civil Partnership today.
Civil partnerships are available to both same-sex couples and opposite-sex couples. Registering a civil partnership will give your relationship legal recognition. This will give you added legal rights, as well as responsibilities. To register a civil partnership, you and your partner must sign a civil partnership document in front of two witnesses and a registrar.
What is a civil partnership for straight couples?
At first, only same-sex couples were allowed to have a civil partnership, but today opposite-sex couples can also register as a civil partnership. As a straight couple, registering a civil partnership will give your relationship legal recognition just like in marriage and it will also give you added legal rights and responsibilities. The partnership can only be ended when one partner dies or when you apply to the court to terminate the partnership legally. However, you cannot apply to end the relationship unless it has lasted for at least a year.
When you enter into a civil partnership and register it with the state, you automatically acquire many of the same rights and responsibilities as married couples. In particular, civil partners have an obligation to maintain each other, are able to adopt children together, and can apply for parental responsibility over children they do not biologically parent. Civil partners also have rights to apply for financial support for any children raised within their union.
Can you convert a civil partnership into a marriage?
Converting a civil partnership into a marriage is very much possible, all that’s needed is for you to go to your registrar and sign the conversion documentation. Signing the conversion document that permits the couple to change their civil partnership into a marriage takes a few hours, the document also allows the couple to have a religious wedding ceremony if they want to. When the document has been signed, the couple can have a religious wedding ceremony and they will be presented with a valid UK marriage certificate that states the validity from the date on which the civil partnership was formed.
When registering the civil partnership, you and your partner are required to notify you of your intention to register the partnership at the local register where you live. You must do this in person so that the register can ask further questions about the partnership.
Since December 2019, both opposite and same-sex couples in the UK can choose to enter a civil partnership or to have a marriage. Registering a civil relationship gives your union legal recognition and you also get legal rights and responsibilities just like in marriage.