The rules for separation and nullity in civil partnerships are broadly similar to those for marriage. The rules governing the dissolution of civil partnerships are different. A decree of dissolution allows both parties to a civil partnership to marry or enter into a new civil partnership. A court order is required to dissolve a civil partnership.
Cohabitees & Non-Marital Relationships
The Civil Partnership Act deals with other non-marital relationships. It defines cohabitants as two same-sex or opposite-sex adults who are: not married to each other, not in a registered civil partnership, not related within the prohibited degrees of relationship (relationships which would make them ineligible to marry each other) and living together in an intimate and committed relationship
The Act provides rights and protections for cohabiting couples.