What is a Civil Partnership?
A civil partnership is a way of formalising your relationship legally, and carries similar rights and responsibilities to marriage. Couples need to register their partnership under the Civil Partnership Act 2004.
Since this area of law was reformed, both heterosexual and same-sex couples can now choose to enter into a civil partnership. It has been lawful for same-sex couples to marry since 2013 – prior to that, they could only enter into civil partnerships to formalise their relationship. Heterosexual couples have been able to enter into civil partnerships since 2 December 2019.
How Can We Help?
If a civil partnership breaks down, it can be dissolved using a similar process to divorce. We can advise you on civil partnership dissolution and the relevant financial implications, using the appropriate dispute resolution process for you. It may suit you to discuss matters with your civil partner directly with our support in the background, or to consider other methods of finalising your dissolution and finances via mediation, or collaborative law.
It is also possible for civil partners to convert their civil partnership into a marriage and we can advise on any potential implications of doing so.
Our Family Law team can advise on civil partnerships so please get in touch if you would like to find out more.