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Civil Partnerships Five Years On

Released: 22 September 2011 Download PDF
Civil Partnerships - 5 years on

The short video podcast using audio commentary and graphical animations covers the following:

  1. It shows the number of civil partnerships since their inception in 2005.

  2. It looks at the average age of people going into civil partnerships.

  3. Finally it looks at dissolutions of civil partnerships and their numbers.


Source: Office for National Statistics

Background notes

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Further information

Civil Partnerships Five Years On, Autumn 2011 (Pdf 190Kb) - The Civil Partnership Act 2004, which came into force in December 2005 allowing same-sex couples in the UK to register their relationship for the first time, celebrated its fifth anniversary in December 2010. This article examines civil partnership in England and Wales, five years on from its introduction. The characteristics of those forming civil partnerships between 2005 and 2010 including age, sex and previous marital/civil partnership status are examined. These are then compared with the characteristics of those marrying over the same period. Further comparisons are also made between civil partnership dissolutions and divorce. The article presents estimates of the number of people currently in civil partnerships and children of civil partners. Finally the article examines attitudes towards same-sex and civil partner couples both in the UK and in other countries across Europe.

Content from the Office for National Statistics.
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