What are the implications of the expansion in the law?
Firstly, as noted by York, there is no need for the traditional wedding ceremony, with the prescribed words, if you wish not to have one.
Secondly, similar to marriage, if and when the Civil Partnership ends, both parties have a legal responsibility to support one another financially when their civil partnership has ended.
In relation to property rights, again like a marriage, in case of any dispute both parties have the right to stay in the home regardless of who purchased it, or whoever’s name is on the mortgage.
Whilst it looks like Civil Partnerships are similar to marriage in terms of their legal implications, it must be noted annulment is not possible when it comes to Civil Partnerships, and that whilst financial arrangements can be made at the start of the Civil Partnerships, should they end prematurely, such agreement is known as a pre-registration agreement rather than the commonly known pre-nuptial agreement.