14 April 2014 by

History in the making…

Same-sex couples have been fighting for many years for the right to marry and on 29 March 2014 the first same-sex marriages took place in England and Wales. Although this historic development has been welcomed by many one obstacle still remains for existing civil partners.

Now that same-sex marriage is legal many civil partners assume they can convert their civil partnership into a marriage. Unfortunately, that is not the case and many couples have been forced to put their wedding plans on hold until the Government finalises the processes and procedures for the conversion, which are expected to be announced at the end of 2014.

Having waited this long for same-sex marriages to be legalised it is understandable that many couples have been left feeling angry and let down by the new rules. It is ironic that that those couples that committed themselves to a loving and stable relationship by entering into a civil partnership are now prevented from entering into a marriage.

It will be interesting to see whether the Government’s procedures will result in a quick and straightforward conversion or whether it will be a complex and costly process for those civil partners still waiting to tie the knot!

If you need advice regarding civil partnerships or same-sex marriage, please contact one of our specialist family law team.

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