Consultation of Civil Partnerships concluded

The consultation by the Government on Civil Partnerships, required by s.15 of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 has now been published.

The report concluded that there was not, at present, a united call for change to Civil Partnerships and therefore no steps would be taken to disband them, or to extend them to opposite-sex couples.

However, the Government has confirmed, within their report, that couples will be able to apply for their Civil Partnership to be converted to a Marriage from December 2014, with no court fee to be paid where the application is made within the first 12 months.

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