What’s the difference between marriages and civil partnerships?
In June 2018, the news covered a couple who successfully won a case against the Supreme Court which allows them to enter into a civil partnership rather than getting married. This sparked the question for a lot of couples, ‘what’s the difference between marriage and entering into a civil partnership?’.
We’ve listed some of the top differences below and we have also got a blog which discusses the key differences between divorce and dissolution which you can read here.
Here are some key difference between marriage and entering into a civil partnership:
|Same-sex couples and heterosexual couples can get married||Only same-sex couples can currently enter into a civil partnership (although this will likely change due to recent Supreme Court case)|
|The wedding ceremony must be carried out in a registered venue||There is no requirement for a ceremony to take place|
|Vows must be exchanged to formalise the marriage. The marriage register must be signed by both of you, your two witnesses and the registrar.||A document, signed in front of two witnesses and a registrar, formalises the civil partnership. The document must be registered.|
|Marriage certificates require the name and profession of the father only||Both parents’ names are required for the civil partnership certificate|
|Marriage is a globally recognised institution||There are some countries that do not recognise civil partnerships|
|You can annul a marriage it was not consummated (you haven’t had sex with the person you married since the wedding (does not apply for same-sex couples))||Consummation is not a legal requirement of civil partnerships|
|Adultery is accepted as a ground for divorce (but only if the person has had sex with someone of the opposite sex)||You cannot use adultery as a reason to dissolve the civil partnership.|
|You can opt for a religious or civil ceremony||The only option is a civil ceremony|
|If the couple divorces, it is ended by a Decree Absolute||If civil partners legally separate, it’s ended by a Dissolution Order|
|Traditionally seen as a religious ceremony||Free of religious connotations|
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