The decision to enter into a lifelong commitment with your partner is an incredibly special moment and a cause for huge celebration. Since 2014, all same sex couples have been able to choose which is best for them; to be married or to become civil partners and when making such an important decision, it's vital to have an understanding of which is best suited to you and your partner.
The good news is that the legal rights and responsibilities arising from both civil partnership and marriage are on a par, they both include a commitment to the long term welfare and mutual care of each other and give rise to a unique and special bond.
With the rights also come the responsibilities and these promises also give rise to potential claims against each other for a division of assets and future financial provision should the worst happen and the relationship end.
How will you choose? For many, the idea of marriage is out of synch with the realities of modern society. Civil partnerships will be available to opposite sex couples by the end of this year after a long fought battle by campaigners who were convinced 'that a civil partnership, a modern, symmetrical institution – sets the best example for' their children.
For others, marriage is a traditional institution of great import and the only way they wish to celebrate their lifelong union. It is entirely up to you.
For a comparison of marriage, civil partnership and cohabitation see our recent blog.
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