Differences between marriage and civil partnership
Civil partnerships were introduced in the UK for same-sex couples to legally unite in something like a marriage, but without some of the same legal rights. They were essentially introduced as an interim measure before equal marriage was approved.
19 January 2016
The differences between civil partnerships and marriages explained
- Civil partners cannot call themselves “married” for legal purposes.
- certificates include the names of both parents of the parties. Marriage certificates include the names of only the fathers of the parties.
- cannot be used as a reason to dissolve the Civil Partnership. In a marriage, if one party is unfaithful this is grounds for divorce. This isn’t the case in civil partnership dissolution. Adultery isn’t recognised in same-sex partners.
- Civil partnerships are currently only available for same-sex couples and are different to civil marriages.
A civil marriage means you end up with the same rights as a religious marriage in the eyes of the law, but the ceremony is different.
The marriage ceremony is conducted by a local council official known as a registrar, rather than a vicar or priest in a church. The ceremony cannot have any religious content, including any songs or readings.
All information was correct at the time of publication.