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Civil Partnerships

We advise couples, individuals and others on the legal issues connected with same-sex relationships.

We offer a wide range of services including:

  • civil partnerships
  • civil partnership dissolution
  • cohabitation
  • issues relating to children
  • pre civil partnership agreements

The Civil Partnership Act 2004

The Civil Partnership Act 2004 allows same-sex couples the opportunity to register their relationship as a Civil Partnership, provided both partners are aged 16 or over (and have given at least 15 days’ notice of their desire to register and the time and place of their intended registration at a licensed location).

Once registered, the Act gives partners many rights and responsibilities towards each other, both during the relationship and when it comes to an end (on death) or on separation. Civil partners are entitled to the same exemptions as married heterosexual couples, with many of the same rights.

Prenuptial Agreements

Many married couples choose to have a Prenuptial Agreement, setting out agreed terms of what should happen if the marriage breaks down. Whilst not legally binding, it will be upheld in court as long as it is considered fair.

The same applies to civil partnerships and you should consider a Pre-Civil Partnership Agreement.

Contact Us

For advice about civil partnerships call our family helpline on 08000 147720, send us an email or text LAW to 67777 to book a free information session at any of our offices. We also offer early morning and late evening appointments across our offices.