From 23 February 2012 couples (regardless of their sex) can register their union under the Civil Partnerships Act 2011 and have the relationship recorded in the Register of Births Deaths and Marriages. A civil partnership can be terminated by the death of either party, the marriage of either party or court order. Parties to a relationship must be separated for 12 months before either party can apply for an order terminating the relationship.
The Civil Partnerships Act not only has implications in the area of family law, but also in in the area of Wills, Powers of Attorney and Succession planning. For example, entering a civil union may impact on a person’s will or enduring power of attorney. If you would like further information on the implications of a civil union, contact Farrellys.