Since 2005 same-sex couples have been able to obtain legal recognition of their relationship and parity of treatment with opposite-sex couples who enter into marriage. This is known as a civil partnership. As of 2014, same-sex couples in Scotland have also had the option to marry.
Since civil partnerships came into being, we have advised many couples on the legal issues they should consider before entering a civil partnership. We can also discuss the legal implications of choosing between a civil partnership or same-sex marriage.
Good advice early on can prevent future problems
Like any cohabiting relationship or marriage, civil partnership creates rights and obligations. Whether you are planning a civil partnership, or are already in one, it is a good idea to plan ahead and take advice to prevent future legal disputes.
Separation from a civil partner
The process of dissolving a civil partnership, like divorce, is court-based, and it is necessary to show the court that the partnership has broken down irretrievably. A number of grounds – including unreasonable behaviour or non-cohabitation – are available to demonstrate this, and we can explain these.
Financial claims require to be resolved before dissolution and the same financial rights exist in ‘partnership property’ as those enjoyed by married couples. Our award-winning family law team will discuss with you all the rights and possible solutions involved, and help you and your former partner to reach a satisfactory outcome.
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