Civil Partnerships

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A civil partnership is a legal commitment formed by 2 people either of the same sex or opposite sex. This gives them the ability to have legal recognition for their relationship.

Couples who form a civil partnership will -

  • have the legal status of being civil partners
  • be treated equally in a wide range of legal matters, the same as those who enter into a marriage

To form a civil partnership in the UK, both partners must -

  • not be in a civil partnership or marriage already
  • be 16 years of age or older in England and Wales. Individuals aged 16 or 17 need written consent from their parents or legal guardians
  • not be closely related