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It’s been a very long fight for Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan. In 2014 they applied for a Civil Partnership but were refused, on the grounds of The Civil Partnership Act 2004 stating that “Two people are not eligible to register as civil partners of each other if … they are not of the same sex.”

Now, after a four-year legal battle that has involved four different equalities ministers across 3 courts, including the Supreme Court, the judges have finally made their decision. The Civil Partnership Act 2004 was ruled as incompatible with the European Convention of Human Rights: everyone is entitled to apply for civil partnership, regardless of the gender dynamics of the couple.

Civil partnership is an increasingly common choice, with many having experienced a previously bad marriage or simply wishing to avoid the cultural and religious baggage that comes with tying the knot. However the lack of legal recognition had left it in a legally murky area, with none of the rights or financial protection afforded by marriage. Thanks to this ruling, civil partnership will finally be a fair alternative to marriage for everyone, as opposed to an option only afforded to a select group.

If you’re currently in a civil partnership, chances are that you are unsure of your legal future following this ruling. At Foys we’re experts in family law, and we can assist you with making an application to get the legal recognition you deserve.

To find out how we can help, use our Online Form to get in touch, or contact your local Foys Solicitors office:

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