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Civil Partnership Act 2004 (amendment) Bill 2014 – 2015

The Civil Partnership Act 2004 provided the opportunity for same sex couples to enter into a Civil Partnership with similar rights being provided to civil partners as those of married couples upon dissolution of their civil partnership.This Bill seeks to make an amendment to the Civil Partnership Act 2004 to provide that opposite sex couples may also enter into a civil partnership.  On 13 March 2014 new legislation was passed in England and Wales for the first time allowing same sex couples to marry.  Similar legislation has now also been passed in Scotland and the first same sex marriage will take place in Scotland on 31 December 2014.  If the amendment sought in this Bill receives Royal Assent, both same sex and opposite sex couples will have a choice as to whether to enter into a Civil Partnership or marry.  What is the difference? The government has provided a helpful table to provide a comparison of Civil Partnership and marriage – see the table.
If you need advice in relation to Pre-Nuptial or Post-Nuptial Agreements before marrying or entering into a Civil Partnership, or advice following separation from your civil partner or spouse Atherton Godfrey has specialist lawyers, many of whom are accredited specialists on the Law Society or Resolution Family Law Panel and are able to offer expert advice and assistance.
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