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Our family lawyers have significant experience in advising couples on pre-partnership agreements, detailing financial and property arrangements in the event that the partnership end. We also provide expert advice to resolve any disputes arising from separation.

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The Civil Partnerships Act 2004 came into force on 5 December 2005.

The Act provides a framework for the dissolution of partnerships and the resolution of financial disputes upon the breakdown of same-sex relationships where there has been a formal registration of the relationship under the Act.
Registration was allowed from 20 December 2005. Same-sex couples who sign a civil partnership registration document commit themselves to a range of rights and responsibilities essentially the same as those associated with marriage.
Civil partnership is not the same as a gay marriage. Still, the rules and legal principles concerning the creation and dissolution of civil partnerships are based mostly on those governing marriage. Before entering into a civil partnership couples may want to clarify what should happen regarding their finances in the event of separation. In these circumstances, you may want to draw up a pre-partnership agreement.

Ending a civil partnership

In the event that your civil partnership breaks down, you will need to apply for a dissolution which is the equivalent of a divorce. If children are involved legal representation can ensure the appropriate arrangements are made. The court may end a civil partnership on an application by either of the parties.
Upon dissolution, it is open to either partner to apply to the partnership finances, and such issues are dealt with in the same manner that financial disputes between married couples would be dealt with.

Specialist advice from leading lawyers

If you are entering into a civil partnership and would like to draw up a pre-nuptial agreement, have already entered into a civil partnership and wish to sort out financial or children arrangements, or if you intend to dissolve a civil partnership, don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our family team who will have a confidential chat with you regarding your situation. We will then be able to advise you on whether we can help you.

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