If a Civil Partnership breaks down
Civil Partnerships allow same-sex couples largely the same legal rights as those conferred by marriage. The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 extended marriage to same-sex couples, but civil partnerships are still available; in late 2014, civil partners will be granted the option of converting their partnership into a marriage. In most respects, a civil partnership operates in a similar way to a marriage:
- The court can make similar orders to those it can make in respect of a marriage, e.g. dissolution (i.e. divorce), nullity, and separation orders.
- Parental responsibility can be acquired by the civil partner of a parent, and he/she can apply for a Child Arrangements Order.
- Financial provision and property adjustment orders, equivalent to those which can be made on the breakdown of a marriage, can now be made on the breakdown of a civil partnership.
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