If you are entering into a civil partnership then you should be aware of your legal rights. Our experienced and qualified civil partnership solicitors can help you and your partner to prepare a pre-partnership (prenuptial) or cohabitation agreement and to prepare a Will, detailing what happens to your estate should you die.
A civil partnership, which is granted under the Civil Partnership Act 2004, provides couples of the same sex with rights and responsibilities that are very similar to civil marriage. Civil partners are entitled to the same exemption as married opposite-sex couples with regards to pension benefits, social security and inheritance tax, including property rights.
Civil partners also have the same rights when it comes to parental responsibility for a partner’s child including the reasonable maintenance of one’s partner and their children. Rights also comprise the recognition of full life insurance, tenancy rights and next of kin rights in hospitals.
There is a formal process for the dissolution and separation of a civil partnership, which is very similar to divorce, and the process for the most part reflects those provisions that govern marriage and divorce.
Any application for dissolution may not be made within one year of the civil partnership being formed and, similar to marriage, the only ground on which the court can grant a dissolution order is irretrievable breakdown. There is various documentation that needs to be sent to the Court and to your Civil Partner at different times. We can assist by completing the paperwork and guiding you through the process.
The Court also has the power, as with the breakdown of a marriage, to provide financial relief upon dissolution of a civil partnership. This can include maintenance, setting rights to property, payments of lump sums, and dealing with pension rights. This is a complex area and you should obtain specialist advice to help you plan for the future. Our caring and sympathetic team are able to help you through this, and all other aspects of your dissolution, to ensure that the process is as trouble-free as possible.