Figures released this week from the Office of National Statistics show an 11% decrease in civil partnerships in 2013.
It's perhaps not surprising, as many couples may have waited knowing they would be able to marry in 2014, when the UK legalised same sex marriages.
The number of civil partnerships formed in the UK in 2013 was 6,276, a decrease of 11% from the 7,037 recorded in 2012, according to new figures released today by the Office of National Statistics (ONS). 'I think it’s interesting that these figures for 2013 show a slowdown in civil partnerships', says Marilyn Stowe, Senior Partner at Stowe Family Law. 'Same sex marriage became legal in the UK in 2014, so perhaps this decline in civil partnerships in the run up to the change in the marriage laws is simply a demonstration that many couples decided to wait because they knew the right to marry was just around the corner.'