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Change to law means equal civil partnerships

A family law specialist believes the recent announcement on civil partnerships to be a positive step towards levelling the playing field for different relationship choices.

Since December 2, mixed-sex couples can now register their intention to enter into a civil partnership; before this date civil partnerships were only available to same-sex couples.

Solicitor Sasha Walton from The Family Law Company said: “This is a significant step in the recognition of changes to the way families operate in today’s society.

The Family Law Co.



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