Civil Partnerships

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

Following the Civil Partnership Act in 2004 same-sex couples have the opportunity to register their relationship as a Civil Partnership, provided both partners are aged 16 or over. This act allows same-sex couples to have the same rights and responsibilities in principle as couple in a civil marriage.

Civil partners now have the same entitlement to property rights as married opposite-sex couples, the same exemption as married couples on areas such as inheritance tax, pension benefits and social security and also the ability to obtain parental responsibility for a partner’s children.

In addition to this they also have responsibility for reasonable maintenance of partners and their children, tenancy rights, full life insurance recognition, next of kin rights in hospitals, and other rights traditionally accorded to married couples. There is now in place a formal process for dissolving partnerships which is similar to divorce proceedings.

Dissolution of a 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 Family Law team.

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.


General Enquiries

Civil Partnerships Team