Guide: Plan a civil partnership

Part 5 Rights and responsibilities

The decision to register as civil partners brings with it important implications and consequences along with a number of rights and responsibilities. Couples who formally register their civil partnership will have many of the same rights as married couples in areas such as tax, social security, inheritance, pensions and the workplace. They will also have rights and responsibilities in matters concerning the family in areas such as maintenance, child support, parenting, inheritance and leave to remain in the UK.

A civil partnership can only be ended by death, dissolution or annulment.

The surviving partner in a civil partnership will be able to register the death.

The dissolution/annulment of a civil partnership will be court based, as with a marriage divorce, and the courts will have the power to make provision for the division of property.