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Legal Rights In a Registered Civil Partnership

Legal Rights in a Registered Civil Partnership


Once a Civil Partnership is registered, both parties acquire legal rights and obligations.


If a pre-registration Civil Partnership agreement has been signed, as well as rights and obligations under the law, there may be additional rights agreed including agreement as to what would happen if a Civil Partnership were dissolved or one partner died.


Once a Civil Partnership has been formed, the parties have rights similar to those acquired under marriage law, including obligations relating to financial support, inheritance, division of property and finances (pensions, investments, income), as well as other rights, such as:

  • An overseas national who forms a Civil Partnership with a UK citizen is likely to be allowed to settle in the UK with their partner.
  • Civil partners can adopt children including applying to adopt from overseas in certain countries where adoption by same-sex couples is permitted
  • Civil partnerships are also taken into account by the Department for Work and Pensions for the purpose of benefit claims.
  • Civil partners are also recognised as each other’s next of kin and can claim from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority if their partner is killed unlawfully.


Because of the complexities involved in family law and Civil Partnerships, it is important to seek expert legal advice on what would happen if, for example, a Civil Partnership ended and there were issues surrounding inheritance and division of joint assets or maintenance.


In some cases, pension entitlement might be less in a Civil Partnership if one party died, for example.


Duncan Lewis solicitors offer expert and detailed legal advice same-sex couples on their entitlements and rights under the Civil Partnership Act 2004 including the division of property and joint financial assets and maintenance or child support arrangements when a Civil Partnership ends.


Duncan Lewis also has successful departments specialising in immigration, family and children law and litigation, able to advise on the various issues involved in ending Civil Partnerships as well as how to ensure any agreement 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 ending a Civil Partnership, including dispute resolution and lawyers supported family mediation.


Fixed Fee Legal Advice on Civil Partnership Legal Rights


Duncan Lewis offers same-sex couples an initial fixed fee for advice on Civil Partnership legal rights. All further work will be dealt with by way of competitive hourly rates.


For expert legal advice on Civil Partnership Legal Rights and related family matters, call Duncan Lewis Solicitors in confidence on 033 3772 0409.

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