Someone with a learning disability who has met someone they care about, or been involved in a long-term relationship, may want to consider getting married and having a family at some stage in their life.
Legally, someone with a learning disability has the same rights as anyone else to live with someone and get married, provided they are over 16, able to give their consent and understand what marriage is.
Married life can bring with it lots of happiness, companionship and shared experiences. However, it can also bring a lot of pressure for someone with a learning disability. Couples may need extra support if they decide to live together, and getting married may have a financial impact on the benefits they receive.
They may also need extra emotional support and advice, particularly to do with issues surrounding contraception and pregnancy, and starting a family. Many people with a learning disability are capable of raising children and becoming good parents, providing they receive the right help and advice.