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
  • Pensions
  • 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.

Civil Partnerships Legal Advice Guide