A heterosexual couple have succeeded in their battle to be allowed to have a civil partnership instead of a marriage.

The Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favour of Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan from London.

The court held that the Civil Partnership Act 2004, which only applies to same-sex couples, is incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights.

Civil partners have in law the same rights on separation and in respect of tax and pensions etc as married couples.

The couple argued that marriage had "treated women as property for centuries" saying “We want to raise our children as equal partners and feel that a civil partnership - a modern, symmetrical institution - sets the best example for them.”

Since March 2014, same sex couples have been able to choose between a civil partnership or marriage, a choice not open to mixed sex couples which Ms Steinfeld and Mr Keidan argued was discriminatory.

As a result of the judgment it is believed that the government will look at changing the law.

For further advice from a client focused, approachable, friendly and experienced Family Law Team please contact us. We have offices in Derby, Nottingham, Cardiff and London.


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