Know Your Rights - The Rights and Obligations of Civil Partners and other Same-Sex Couples

The Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010, which came into force in January 2011, was a major step forward for equality for same-sex couples in Ireland. Since January 2011, same-sex couples all over Ireland have been entering into civil partnerships, celebrating with friends and family, and benefiting from the protections that the Act gives. The Act also created a number of protections and obligations for all cohabiting couples who are not civil partners or married.

This guide explains in plain English the rights and obligations created by the Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010. It is aimed both at same-sex couples in a civil partnership, and those who are living together but not civil partners.

The pack was produced in partnership with the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) and was authored by Dr Fergus Ryan of Dublin Institute of Technology.

It is available to view in the below reader. A colour pdf of the book can be downloaded free of charge HERE. A black and white pdf, for home printing, is also available to download HERE.


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