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Civil partnerships registrations halved since introduction of same sex marriage

Dissolutions increase by 14% since 2014

There were 861 civil partnerships formed in England and Wales in 2015, a fall of 49% from 1,683 in 2014.

Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show that civil partnership formations have declined by 85% since 2013; this results from the introduction of marriages of same sex couples in March 2014.

Two-thirds (66%) of civil partnerships formed in 2015 were between men – the highest proportion since civil partnership formations were introduced in 2005.

Nearly half (48%) of all civil partners forming a partnership in 2015 were aged 50 and over; this compares with 19% in 2013 prior to the introduction of marriages of same sex couples. The mean age at formation for civil partners has risen to 48.5 years for men and 49.1 for women, compared with 40.8 years for men and 37.9 for women in 2013.

There were 1,211 civil partnership dissolutions granted in 2015, a 14% increase compared with 2014. By the end of 2015, 6.8% of male and 11.7% of female civil partnerships in England and Wales are estimated to have ended in dissolution.

Elizabeth McLaren of the Office for National Statistics commented:

"Civil partnerships have fallen sharply since the introduction of marriages for same sex couples in March 2014. On the other hand, civil partnership dissolutions have increased due to the rising number of civil partnerships that were formed since they were introduced in December 2005. Dissolutions are likely to reduce in the future as more same sex couples form marriages instead of civil partnerships."

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