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Can the word ‘spouse’ in a legal contract be interpreted to include a civil partner?

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Published on LexisPSL on 19/12/2016

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  • Can the word ‘spouse’ in a legal contract be interpreted to include a civil partner?
  • Civil partners
  • Good practice
  • Precedents

Civil partners

Civil partners are largely treated the same in law as spouses, but there are some small differences, most notably regarding some pension schemes, and the basis on which a civil partnership may be dissolved (adultery does not apply). The courts have been clear that a civil partnership is not a marriage—see Wilkinson v Kitzinger (No 2). A civil partnership may (since the coming into force of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013

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