Civil Partnership Act 2004: What’s new?
What exactly are the latest changes to the Civil Partnership Act (CPA) 2004?
Initially, same-sex couples were able to enter into a ‘civil partnership’ as an alternative to marrying under the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013. However, only the choice for Heterosexual couples was only marriage, with civil partnerships being reserved for same-sex couples only.
Therefore, so to create fairness between same-sex and opposite-sex couples, the CPA 2004 recently went under reform, so that same-sex heterosexual couples could have a civil partnership as well, especially if they did not want to entirely commit to marriage.
Those heterosexual couples who most likely are wanting for a civil partnership than marriage is specifically those couples whose beliefs aren’t entirely religious, in which they therefore feel that a civil partnership most reflects their views of formalizing a relationship.
One particular defense as to why civil partnership being applicable only to same-sex couples was unfair was specifically based upon its incompatibility with the European Convention on Human Rights.
The need for a reform to the CPA 2004 especially comes after Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan failed an attempt to register as a civil partnership, which then led to a ruling in June 2018 by the UK Supreme Court.
When in a civil partnership, the couple has similar obligations, rights and duties as those who are married. For instance, once registered as in a civil partnership, each partner thereby has a financial obligation to sustain a financial maintenance for each other during the partnership.
You can read more about the CPA 2004 here.
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