Thinking about entering a civil partnership?

In England, two individuals, either of the same-sex or opposite-sex, can enter a civil partnership, which then gives them legal rights and responsibilities relating to their relationship.

You can enter into a civil partnership if you are both aged 16 or over, although if you are under 18, you will need to have written consent from your parents or guardians.

Deciding if a civil partnership is right for you

Ahead of entering a civil partnership, you must consider if this would be the right decision for you and your partner.

As mentioned, becoming civil partners gives you some valuable legal rights, which unmarried or cohabiting partners do not have.

Many of these benefits are the same as those that accompany marriage, without being required to have a marriage ceremony.

You will benefit from the same tax benefits as a married couple when it comes to Inheritance Tax (IHT).

What happens if the partnership ends?

Whilst it may not be at the forefront of your mind, entering a civil partnership is a big commitment and you may decide that you want to protect your assets in case the relationship breaks down.

Similar to a pre-nuptial agreement, you can choose to outline your obligations if the partnership ends, through a pre-civil partnership agreement.

This can also cover your obligations to each other over the course of the partnership.

For help and advice with family and relationship matters, please get in touch with Alison Green, Head of our Family and Relationship Team at Mackrell.Solicitors on +44 (0) 20 7240 0521 or at

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Alison Green
Alison has more than 25 years’ experience assisting clients with Family and Relationship matters. Her expertise covers matrimonial work, including divorce and the associated financial and children issues; pre and post-nuptial agreements; co-habitation disputes; civil partnership agreements and the breakdown of civil partnerships.