This Commons Library briefing paper provides general information about how the law applies to cohabitants, the number of cohabiting couples, and about the Law Commission’s proposals for reform.
The Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration Etc.) Bill (the Bill) is a Private Member’s Bill introduced by Tim Loughton (Conservative), who came fifth in the ballot for Commons Private Members’ Bills for the 2017-19 Parliamentary session.
The Bill would deal with the following matters:
- marriage registration;
- extension of civil partnership to opposite sex couples;
- report on registration of pregnancy loss; and
- coroners’ investigations into stillbirths.
Information about the Bill is provided on the Bill page on the Parliament website.
Another Library briefing paper provides further information:
Consideration by the House of Commons of Lords amendments (Ping Pong stage) is due to take place on 15 March 2019.
The Lords agreed amendments relating only to extending civil partnership to opposite sex couples, and consequential amendments to the long title and to Clause 5 (Supplementary provision about regulations), as set out in Commons Bill 353 2017-19, Lords Amendments to the Bill.
Detailed information about the debate in the House of Lords is provided in the following Library briefing paper:
The future of civil partnership (CBP 07856).
This paper provides statistics on household food insecurity, food bank usage and free school meals in the UK, and tracks the impact of coronavirus.
This Commons Library briefing paper deals with where couples may usually marry in England and Wales, and a Law Commission consultation on its provisional proposals to reform the law governing how and where couples can get married