The New Law for Cohabitation

3 Jan 2020 | Jenny Walsh

Opposite-sex couples are now able to register a civil partnership and receive financial benefits and better protection in case of break-ups or death.

This move follows a Supreme Court ruling which allows heterosexual couples who do not wish to marry, to put their relationship on a stronger footing in relation to tax, inheritance, pension and next-of kin benefits.

Commenting to the Sunday Express (29 December 2019), our solicitor Jenny Walsh confirmed the potential for a civil partnership to bring a huge inheritance tax (IHT) break.

“Those who own a property with their partner should seriously consider getting married or entering into a civil partnership. Then, if the worst happens you will not have to sell your home during an already difficult time.”

Jenny is a solicitor in our Wills, Probate and Estate Administration department.

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