Theresa May has announced that the Government intends to legislate for all unmarried heterosexual couples to have the right to enter into a civil partnership in the same way as same sex couples.

Although there is no guarantee that this will become law, allowing unmarried heterosexual couples to enter into a civil partnership may give each partner the same legal rights as married couples which in turn gives much greater financial security.

At present, unmarried couples are reliant on complex trust law to resolve claims concerning property and in certain circumstances have limited claims out of one another’s estate. They may also have limited claims concerning their children but it still remains an entirely unsatisfactory situation.

With the introduction of civil partnerships for all people, this will allow a couple, who enter into a civil partnership, to have the same legal rights in law as married couples. This is a ground breaking proposal potentially giving equal financial claims and benefits to all couples in England and Wales.

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