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