Following a ruling of the Supreme Court in 2018 Civil Partnerships, which previously were only available to same sex couples, can now be entered into by heterosexual couples thereby offering almost identical rights as marriage, including property, inheritance and tax entitlements.

This long awaited change to the law arose following a couples conscientious objection to marriage and inability as a cohabiting couple to claim the same financial remedy as married and same sex couples who entered a Civil Partnership. The Supreme Court unanimously held this was discriminatory and the law was changed opening such a union to the majority of the UK’s 3.3 million co-habiting heterosexual couples. 

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