Can a heterosexual couple enter into a Civil Partnership?

Anita Crewdson, Solicitor in Astle Paterson’s Divorce & Family Department discusses the latest developments for heterosexual couples wishing to enter into a Civil Partnership.

Anita said, “Following Rebecca Stienfeld and Charles Keidan losing their two day hearing in the High Court in which they contended that heterosexual couples should be allowed to enter into Civil Partnerships, it is of note that the Isle of Man has moved to legalise Civil Partnerships for heterosexual couples.

Whilst the Isle of Man is part of the British Isles it is not part of the UK and is therefore able to pass its own Legislation – which does not in turn bind the UK.”

Anita concluded “It is therefore open to heterosexual couples from the UK to travel to the Isle of Man to enter into a Civil Partnership.

However, it is unlikely UK Courts will recognise the union as a Civil Partnership and therefore the couple may not receive any additional legal protection that a Civil Partnership may otherwise confer on them when they return to the UK.”

Should you be in process of separating from your partner then please contact Astle Paterson’s Divorce & Family Department on 01283 531366 or by way of email at for a confidential discussion about your options.

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