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Will you Civil Partnership me?

The take up in opposite-sex civil partnerships has been strong, and if the statistics follow those of same sex civil partnerships the numbers are likely to grow year on year as the option to form a civil partnership rather than a marriage takes hold within the public consciousness.

It is very important for couples to realise that courts deal with such relationships in the the same way the deal with marriages if they break down.

The full range of financial claims and remedies are available with a civil partnership and therefore such a union should be given the same careful consideration as a marriage.

It is possible to protect against and seek to limit claims by entering into a pre-civil partnership agreement akin to a pre-nuptial agreement and that possibility should be explored with a lawyer expert in drafting such agreements if there are any wealth protection concerns.

Such agreements are bespoke and although I have drafted very many they are always different and one size certainly does not fit all.

167 opposite-sex civil partnerships formed on first day permitted by law There were 167 opposite-sex civil partnerships formed in England and Wales on 31 December 2019. This was the first day it was possible to do so following the change in legislation to extend civil partnerships rights to opposite-sex couples. The figures are revealed in statistics on civil partnerships published by the Office for National Statistics for 2019. During the year, there were 994 same-sex civil partnerships formed in England and Wales. This was an increase of 4.0 per cent from 956 in 2018 and an increase of 9.5 per cent from 908 in 2017. The majority (61 per cent) of same-sex civil partnerships in England and Wales in 2019 were between men, a lower proportion compared with the previous year (65 per cent).