THE NEW FAMILY BILL: What it means
The Children and Family Relationships Bill extends guardianship, custody and adoption rights to different family situations.
Under the bill, same-sex civil partners and co-habiting couples will be able to jointly adopt children.
If a spouse, civil partner or partner has lived with a parent for three years and has looked after the child for two years, he or she will be able to apply for guardianship on day-to-day matters or custody.
The bill will give family members, such as step-parents and grandparents, greater access to children when relationships break down.