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Posted 2 October 2018
by Aimee Aspinall

Mixed-Sex Couples to be able to Enter into Civil Partnerships

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Prime Minister, Theresa May has announced a change in the law enabling heterosexual couples to choose whether they want to marry or enter into a civil partnership.

The current system, which only allows heterosexual couples to marry or remain unmarried, was found to be incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights in June of this year.

The Government says that the change will provide greater security for unmarried couples and their families.

There are currently more than 3.3 million unmarried cohabiting couples in the UK, nearly half of which have children. Unmarried couples of not have the same legal rights as those who are married or in a civil partnership, despite the fact many couples believe they do have the same protections as married couples.

The Government will now consider the technical details before the law is formally changed, however, Equalities Minister Penny Mordant promised the change would happen “as swiftly as possible”.

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Aimee Aspinall

Chartered Legal Executive

Chartered Legal Executive in the Exeter family team