Family Services

Children, Civil Partnership, Co-Habitation, Divorce and Separation

Civil Partnerships

Although same sex couples can now legally marry, some still opt to enter into a civil partnership. The Civil Partnership Act came into force in 2005, ensuring that civil partnerships offer same-sex couples approximately the same obligations and responsibilities as a civil marriage. Civil partners are allowed the same rights in respect of children, property, inheritance tax, social security and pension benefits. There is also a formal process for dissolving partnerships which is similar to divorce.

Our friendly team of experts are able to offer advice on a wide range of civil partnership issues including:

  • Entering into a pre-registration agreement (similar to a pre-nuptial agreement)
  • Terminating a civil partnership
  • Financial settlements and the approach of the court
  • Company or business issues
  • Pensions
  • Parental responsibility
  • Applications for financial provision for children of the family
  • Step-parent applications for parental responsibility for a child of their spouse or civil partner

Our understanding team of family experts includes:

  • members of The Law Society Family Panel
  • a trained collaborative lawyer.

New clients receive 30 minutes free initial advice and the first appointment available within 24 hours (where possible).

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