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Civil Partnership
and Same Sex Marriage

Civil Partnership and Same Sex Marriage

Civil partnership status is now available to heterosexual couples in the UK as an alternative to marriage.

If you’re thinking about changing your relationship status, legal advice can help to ensure you step into a new chapter of life with confidence that your future and your finances are protected.

Every family is different, so our expert advice caters uniquely to each case

Our team of Family Law specialists bring wide-ranging knowledge, experience and expertise to the table, and can help you with anything you need. Whether it’s up-front advice, help with specific aspects of a legal issue, or professional legal support for family members through mediation or court proceedings, we’re fully equipped to help you achieve the best results – all with utmost respect, compassion and discretion.

Enjoy personalised professional advice for your personal circumstances

We know how important it is that you trust and feel comfortable with the lawyer you choose, so we put you in touch with one of the team straight away, without any obligation or cost, so you can ensure they’re right for you before you entrust your case to us.

If you’re thinking about getting married or entering into a civil partnership, it’s important to understand the legal and financial implications – even those that may come into play in the event of separation or divorce.

For example, it’s definitely worth considering prenuptial agreements before a traditional wedding, or pre-registration agreements before a civil partnership, to regulate how your financial resources will be divided if the relationship ever breaks down to the point of separation or divorce.

It’s also worth noting that a marriage invalidates a will if it wasn’t made in contemplation of that specific marriage. Updating a will is wise in anticipation of (or after) any major life event – but on marriage, it’s essential.

Putting your best interests at the heart of what we do

Ending a marriage or civil partnership can be very stressful. Apart from the obvious emotional fallout, there are also practical matters to deal with, such as finances, property, or business interests. And 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 is that adultery is not considered a basis on which to end a same-sex marriage or civil partnership, simply because of its outdated definition. If an ‘inappropriate relationship’ is the reason for a separation, we apply on the basis of unreasonable behaviour and refer to that relationship as an example.

Talk to the best in the business

The two leading independent legal guides, Chambers and The Legal 500, rank our Family Law team as the best in Devon and Cornwall, and we operate all over the UK. We’re widely known for our ability to represent and support clients in a wide 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.

To find out more about how our expertise can help you, simply get in touch for an informal chat.

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