Civil partnership five years on

Ross, Helen, Gask, Karen and Berrington, Ann (2011) Civil partnership five years on Population Trends, 145, (1), Autumn Issue, pp. 172-202. (doi:10.1057/pt.2011.23). (PMID:21987019).


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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.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1057/pt.2011.23
ISSNs: 0307-4463 (print)
Organisations: Social Statistics & Demography
ePrint ID: 201015
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August 2011e-pub ahead of print
September 2011Published
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2011 12:46
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2017 01:24
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