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Mixed-sex couples, now able to form civil partnerships


The Supreme Court ruled last year that civil partnerships were discriminatory, and breached mixed-sex couples’ right to family and private life.


Many cohabiting couples believe that they are protected in respect of asset distribution on breakdown under so called “common law marriages”. However, cohabiting couples do not enjoy the same rights as those who are married or have entered into a civil partnership. It is understood that many cohabiting mixed-sex couples who have not wanted to get married, may seek to acquire those rights by entering into a civil partnership.


If you wish to seek advice regarding this area of law, please contact our Family Law team on 0208 974 7490 and ask to speak to Andrew Perryman, Zubair Dharamsi, or Dimitra Pantopoulou.



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