Since 2005, same sex couples have been able to form a Civil Partnership to formalise their commitment to each other.
Under Civil Partnership law, couples can now convert their Civil Partnership into a same sex marriage if they so wish.
However, Civil Partnerships remain a legal commitment, which can only end if dissolved, annulled or if one party dies.
When couples form a Civil Partnership they acquire legal rights, including financial support obligations to a partner and obligations to support any children of the relationship
As a result, there may be dispute over child care arrangements and maintenance after the dissolution of a Civil Partnership – as well as disputes over division of financial assets such as pensions and investments and division of property and housing arrangements.
Civil partnerships can also apply to couples where one party is not a British national or lives or works overseas – as in international marriage.
Because of this, dissolving a Civil Partnership or separating from a partner can involve complex legal negotiations, including negotiations over:
In some cases, dissolving a Civil Partnership may also involve:
Duncan Lewis is a leading firm of family law and child care solicitors able to advise on dissolution of a Civil Partnership and resolving disputes between couples, including offering lawyers supported Family Mediation and Child Mediation.
Duncan Lewis is ranked by the Legal 500 2014 for its Family & Matrimonial work.
The Duncan Lewis team includes Advanced Members of the Law Society’s Family Panel, and members of the Law Society Children Panel – and Duncan Lewis’ own Mediators include Resolution qualified Professional Practice Consultants, so our team has the necessary expertise to help resolve any disputes in dissolving a Civil Partnership.
Duncan Lewis offers same sex and LGBTQ couples fixed fees for legal advice on dissolving a Civil Partnership, including a fixed fee for an initial client meeting to discuss the process and any issues which are the subject of dispute.
Once a divorce matter has been assessed, it is usually possible to offer a further fixed fee arrangement for dissolution of a Civil Partnership and a further fixed fee for Family Mediation or Child Mediation if required.
In cases where there is evidence of domestic violence and/or domestic violence on children, or child protection matters involving Social Services, it is usually possible to apply for Legal Aid to cover the cost of legal fees.
For confidential and expert legal advice on dissolving a Civil Partnership, contact Duncan Lewis Divorce Solicitors on 020 7923 4020.