Following a Supreme Court ruling in June 2018, the Government has announced plans to introduce civil partnerships to all couples, and not just those living in same sex relationships.
These changes will offer protection for cohabiting couples who do not want to marry but do want to enter into a partnership to guarantee legal rights and entitlements which will provide for them in the event of the death of their partner, or the breakdown of their relationship.
These developments are welcomed to offer the option of additional legal protection for the 3.3 million couples who are cohabiting in the UK.
The government said there were "a number of legal issues to consider, across pension and family law" and ministers would now consult on the technical detail. Equalities Minister Penny Mordaunt promised that the change in the law would happen "as swiftly as possible".