Civil Partnership and Same Sex Marriage

The Stephens Scown family team is independently ranked as the best solicitors for family law in the region.

The law in the UK is finally removing the discrimination against same-sex marriage and widening the option of civil partnership to heterosexual couples. This is wonderful news, especially for couples who wish to make sensible arrangements ahead of the big day.

By preparing yourself for the possibility that your relationship may change, you are able to step into your new life with confidence, knowing that your future and finances are protected.

Families come in all shapes and sizes, and every experience is different. Our team of specialists have a wealth of knowledge in this area and can help with any scenario.

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With personal matters like this, we know how important it is that you trust and feel comfortable with the lawyer you choose. We offer you the chance to speak to a lawyer straightaway, without any obligation or cost, so that you can ensure they are right for you before you entrust your case to us.

If you are thinking about getting married or entering into a civil partnership it is important to understand the legal and financial implications, which can continue after separation and even divorce.

It is possible for couples making this legal commitment to first enter into prenuptial agreements before a traditional wedding, or pre-registration agreements before a civil partnership, to regulate how their financial resources would be divided if their relationship were to break down in the future.

Any marriage also has the effect of invalidating a Will if it was not made in contemplation of that specific marriage. Updating a Will when any major life event occurs is always wise, but on marriage it is essential.

We have your interests at heart

Ending a marriage or civil partnership can be highly stressful. Apart from emotional issues there are practical matters that have to be dealt with – such as finances, property or business interests. And, of course, if there are children involved their interests are paramount.

All of our information on divorce and separation applies equally to same sex married couples and civil partners. The only exception where the law is slightly different is that adultery is not an available basis to end a same-sex marriage or civil partnership because of its outdated definition. If an inappropriate relationship is the reason for the separation we therefore apply on the basis of unreasonable behaviour and refer to the relationship as an example.

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Our family law team has been ranked as the best in Devon and Cornwall by the two leading independent legal guides, Chambers and The Legal 500. We are well known for our ability to represent and support clients in a range of matters, from alternative dispute resolution proceedings, including mediation and collaborative law matters, to public and private children matters, wealth protection and financial remedies involving trusts and pensions.

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