Same-sex couples can have their relationships legally recognised as ‘Civil Partnerships’.
Civil partners must be treated the same as married couples on a wide range of legal matters, including:
- Tax, including Inheritance Tax
- Entitlement to your partner’s estate on death
- Employment benefits
- Income-related state benefits, including tax credits and child support
- A duty to provide reasonable maintenance for your civil partner and any children of the family, and ability to make a claim on each other’s capital
- in the event of the partnership ending
- Ability to apply for parental responsibility or adoption of your civil partner’s child
- Adopt a child together
- Inheritance of tenancy agreements
- Protection from domestic violence
- Immigration and nationality purposes
- Ability to make a claim for compensation in the event that your partner has an accident which results in a fatal accident claim.