Theresa May yesterday announced that heterosexual couples will be able to enter into a civil partnership rather than get married.
Statistics suggest that 3.3. million unmarried couples in the UK live together and half of these have children. At present, common-law marriage does not exist and so unmarried couples find themselves with few rights compared to those of married couples if they separate. Even if children are involved.
A civil partnership will provide these couples with the legal recognition of their partnership. Something which is currently only applicable to same sex couples.