Jen Wiss-Carline

Opposite-sex civil partnerships: an alternative to marriage

Opposite sex couple

Civil partnerships are now an option for opposite-sex couples, providing the choice of a formal union without any religious connotations. Cohabitees may wish to give this new possibility some thought since they have few legal rights and, contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as a ‘common law marriage’. The Civil Partnership (Opposite-sex Couples) Regulations 2019 came into force on the 2nd December 2019. Since then, opposite sex couples in England and Wales have been able to enter …

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