On 22nd September 2020, the Office for National Statistics published their findings for Civil Partnerships in England and Wales for 2019.

Of note, is that on 31st December 2019 there were 167 opposite-sex partnerships formed in England and Wales. This was the first day it was possible for opposite-sex couples to enter into a Civil Partnership.  

In 2019, there were 994 same-sex Civil Partnerships formed across England and Wales, an increase of 4% from 956 in 2018 and from 908 in 2017. Although a gradual increase this shows a continued growth of the popularity of Civil Partnerships. 

A spokesperson for the Office for National Statistics states:

"Next year, we expect to see further increases to the overall number of civil partnerships in England and Wales as opposite-sex couples choose to become civil partners."

By entering into a civil partnership, a couple can enjoy the same rights and protection as a married couple. 

At present, cohabitees have little to no rights and whilst the law around cohabitees has regularly been subject to criticism and calls for a review to be undertaken, there is nothing on the horizon for the foreseeable future.

If you are thinking of entering into a civil partnership or marriage, you should consider a pre-nuptial agreement if there are assets you wish to protect or where you are make an unequal contribution. 

If you wish to seek advice on matters relating to pre or post nuptial agreements, or marriage or civil partnership matters such as including divorce or dissolution, our family law department are experienced in dealing with all matters to provide confidential advice and guidance. Contact us today on 02380 221344 or email contact@duttongregory.co.uk.