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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

You can now form a Civil Partnership with another person provided that you are over 16, not related and not already married or in a Civil Partnership, although you will need parental consent if you are under 18. Civil Partnerships are now available to either same sex or opposite sex couples.

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 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 or send us an email to book a free information session at any of our offices. We also offer early morning and late evening appointments across our offices.