Civil Partnership Law

We advise couples, individuals and others on the legal issues connected with same-sex relationships including; cohabitation, civil partnership rights, agreements, and the dissolution of civil partnerships.

What is a Civil Partnership?

A civil partnership refers to a legal relationship registered by two unrelated people, of the same-sex or opposite-sex. By registering a civil partnership, the couple’s relationship gains legal recognition, legal civil partnership rights, and responsibilities. If, after a year, a couple decides to end a civil partnership, they must apply to the court to legally bring it to an end. We recommend consulting our civil partnership dissolution solicitors for expert advice at that stage.

What are Civil Partnership Rights?

According to civil partnership laws, following the Civil Partnership Act in 2004, same-sex couples have the opportunity to register their relationship as a Civil Partnership. This act allows same-sex couples, aged 16 or over, to have the same rights and responsibilities in principle as a couple in a civil marriage, including:

  • Entitlement to property rights
  • Exemption on areas such as inheritance tax, pension benefits and social security
  • The ability to obtain parental responsibility for a partner’s children
  • Reasonable maintenance of partners and their children
  • Tenancy rights
  • Full life insurance recognition
  • Next of kin rights in hospitals
  • Other rights traditionally afforded to married couples

We advise couples, individuals and others on the legal issues connected with same-sex partnerships. We also offer advice on same-sex marriage and civil partnership rights, both having the same rights as married couples. If the relationship breaks down, the same considerations regarding financial settlement and issues surrounding children apply.

Civil Partnership Dissolution

There is now a formal process for civil partnership dissolution in place that is similar to divorce proceedings. Our civil partnership dissolution solicitors are here to help you navigate the process of dissolving your civil partnership and reaching an agreement in regards to the legal aspects of ending a relationship.

Civil partnership dissolution is the legal process that will bring an end to a civil partnership. It is the equivalent to divorce for married couples. Only after dissolution can a person engage in another civil partnership if they so wish. A person must have been in a civil partnership for at least a year in order to apply for dissolution.

For further information or to arrange an appointment regarding civil partnership matters, please contact our civil partnership solicitors.

Our family law team is here to help.

Please call us to find out how we can help. We have offices throughout Yorkshire, Teesside and County Durham. Including: Knaresborough, Harrogate, York, Ripon, Darlington, Richmond, Stokesley, Northallerton, Thirsk, Beverley, Durham and Stockton. We can talk on the phone or arrange a meeting where we can discuss your options and give you a clear idea of timeframes and costs.

Alternatively, please contact us online and we’ll call you back when it’s convenient for you.


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Civil Partnership Law Team