The Civil Partnership Act 2004 was introduced in December 2005 to enable couples of the same sex to make a legal commitment to each other.
A civil partnership can only end when it is dissolved, annulled or when one party dies.
Civil partnerships can also apply to couples where one party is not a British national or lives overseas – like an international marriage.
The actual ceremony involved in a civil partnership is also similar to marriage – and requires a civil partnership registrar to officiate at a ceremony at a venue licensed to hold civil partnership ceremonies, with two witnesses who sign the register afterwards.
The Act also sets out who is eligible to form a civil partnership and prohibits civil partnerships where:
There are also rules for special cases involving civil partnerships, including civil partnership where:
Because of the complexities of forming civil partnerships, it is important to take expert legal advice beforehand.
Duncan Lewis divorce solicitors offer expert and detailed legal advice to gay and lesbian individuals and couples on issues relating to the Civil Partnership Act, including legal advice on housing issues and maintenance implications involved in dissolution of a civil partnership – as well as division of financial assets such as pensions and investments and advice on child care law.
Duncan Lewis can also advise on pre-Civil Partnership agreements between couples before they form a civil partnership, to make sure that assets and property are protected and children are provided for if the civil partnership should end.
Duncan Lewis also has successful departments specialising in family and children law, property law and litigation, able to advise on the various issues involved in divorce and ending civil partnerships – as well as how to ensure a settlement after ending a civil partnership best suits your future needs and those of any children.
Duncan Lewis can also advise on alternatives to costly court proceedings in disputes involving dissolution of a civil partnership, including dispute resolution and lawyers supported family mediation.
Duncan Lewis divorce solicitors offer an initial client meeting with a fixed fee for legal advice before forming a civil partnership or when a civil partnerships ends.
Once the details of a case have been assessed it is usually possible to offer a further fixed fee scale, which clients will be advised of in advance.
Duncan Lewis advises clients considering forming or ending a civil partnership to get in touch as soon as possible for an evaluation of their case, so that financial matters can be worked through thoroughly before forming or ending a civil partnership.
For expert legal advice on the Civil Partnership Act 2004 and related family matters, call Duncan Lewis Divorce Solicitors in confidence on 020 7923 4020.