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Civil Partnership Act 2004

The Civil Partnership Act 2004 created civil partnership. Civil partnership is a legal status similar to marriage but for two people of the same sex. It allows same sex couples to get legal recognition of their relationship. For more information about civil partnership, please see our frequently asked questions (FAQ) page.

You can also find information on civil partnership in another part of our family law website.

The Equality Network produces information on a wide range of issues including civil partnership.

The Act came into force across the UK on 5 December 2005. Access key documents including the consultation and analysis.

If you have any queries about civil partnership in Scotland, you can contact the Scottish Government's Law Reform Division: family.law@scotland.gsi.gov.uk