The introduction of the Civil Partnership Act 2004 meant that couples are now able acquire recognition under law of their relationship. Although applying to the whole of the UK, there are particular sections of the 2004 Act which only apply in Scotland.
How do I register a civil partnership?
To register a civil partnership you must 'give notice' to the local Registrat. You can find a list here.
This gives you certain legal rights which are broadly speaking similar to those given to married couples. So, for example you may then want to look at how this affects your:
- tax status
- child maintenance or benefits
- parental responsibility over children in the relationship
- domestic violence protection
- employment benefits
All of these areas require careful consideration. Every situation is different and deals with a wide variety or law. It is advisable to seek advice from family law experts who will tailor their advice to your particular situation.