Same Sex Weddings – The Difference Between A Civil Partnership And Civil Marriage
There has been a lot of confusion lately when it comes to same sex weddings here in the UK. While many areas have embraced the idea and are welcoming same sex couples with open arms, others are still on the fence about the idea, but warming up to it quickly. Could this be a result of changing laws or the fact that as of June 2018, civil partnerships between both male/female and same sex partners has become legal? Many believe it is the result of both of these factors as well as more relaxed views on the topic itself.
With the introduction of civil partnerships, couples are given more than just the option of being married. But what exactly is a civil partnership and how does it differ from civil marriage? And why would a couple choose a civil partnership over marriage? Let’s take a look:
Civil Marriage And Civil Partnership-What’s The Difference?
One of the main differences between a civil marriage and a civil partnership is that ‘a marriage is formed when a couple exchange spoken words’, but a civil partnership is different in that instead of exchanging spoken words, the couple signs a civil partnership document. Another factor which differentiates the two is that, traditionally, marriages are seen as religious ceremonies, whereas a civil partnership is quite simply a civil process. And, technically neither one requires an actual ceremony, but British tradition typically calls for one in a marriage.
Dissolving The Partnership
But what about separation? If you decide to separate informally as a married couple, court intervention is not required. However, in a civil partnership, you do need to go to court. Why? Even though it is an informal separation, the court has to officially dissolve the partnership. Additionally, the civil partnership must have lasted at least a year before you can even apply. This, in itself, shows the seriousness of the civil partnership in regards to the law. One way to avoid the waiting period is to get the civil partnership annulled or obtain a separation order.
Unique Gay Friendly Venues
with same sex marriage legal in England, Scotland and wales, there are many unique gay friendly wedding venues to choose from. From the Oak Barn in Kent, Norfolk’s Norwich Castle and the Luton Hoo Hotel in Bedfordshire, to London’s Royal Observatory, the Perch in Oxford and more, the UK has a wide range of gay-friendly wedding venues to suit every style, taste and budget!
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