Civil partnerships create a legal relationship between same-sex couples, similar to that of marriage and offering much of the same rights in terms of the law.

To register a civil partnership, the couple must give notice to their local registrar. Once registered they will then be entitled to certain legal rights relating to:

  • Tax
  • Pensions
  • Employment rights
  • Child maintenance
  • Parental responsibility
  • Protection from domestic abuse
  • Immigration rights

With many legal similarities to marriage, may wish to create a pre-civil partnership agreement (similar to a pre-nuptial). This helps set out what each person is entitled to, should the relationship break down. We can advise on this, if you think it would benefit you.

Should you decide to move country, it is worth remembering that your civil partnership may not afford you the same rights as it does in Scotland. Some countries accept civil partnerships, others don’t. Our experienced team can also guide you on this.

In the unfortunate event that you need to dissolve your civil partnership, we can help with that too. Resolving financial disputes in a civil partnership works in much the same way as a marriage; civil partners can claim for ongoing financial support, capital sums and pension sharing orders just like divorcing couples can. Before the partnership can be dissolved, all financial matters must be settled.

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If you would like guidance on any element of a civil partnership please contact us. We also understand that expense can be an additional concern, which is why we always aim to keep costs down and are as transparent and upfront as possible about the fees involved. For a free, initial 15-minute consultation, whatever family law matter you may be facing.

 

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