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27 Living Together and Your Rights if You Separate
This leaflet tells you about the law if you are living with a partner but are neither married nor in a civil partnership. It covers both same-sex (gay or lesbian) couples and male-female couples. It also explains how the Civil Partnership Act, which came into force in December 2016, works. However, it does not explain in detail the rights of people in a civil partnership, who are in almost the same legal position as people who are married.
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This leaflet is published by the Legal Service Commission (LSC). It was written in association with Imogen Clout, a solicitor specialising in family law.
Latest version: August 2016
CLS Legal Info Leaflets
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