Civil Partnerships

If you are in a same sex relationship and either have or are thinking about entering a civil partnership and would like to know more about your legal rights, the expert family solicitors at JMW can help. Likewise, if you are considering entering into a pre-partnership agreement, we can help you easily make sense of the content, effect and enforceability of any agreement you make.

To speak to a member of our team today, contact us by either calling us on 0800 562 5577 or completing our online enquiry form, which will enable us to give you a call back at a convenient time. We can discuss your situation in more detail and tell you more about the options available to you.

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Dissolution of a Civil Partnership

Ending a civil partnership can be a complicated and stressful time. Luckily, our team of family law solicitors is on hand to provide legal advice and assistance when you need it most. 

Dissolution of a civil partnership is virtually identical to a divorce, and the same principles apply to both procedures. We will guide you through every step of the process and ensure that your interests are protected at all times. Whether you need advice on reaching a financial settlement or deciding arrangements for your children, we are here to help.

Find out more about civil partnership dissolution here

Infographic - Civil Partnership Dissolution Process

Civil partnership dissolution can be a complex process. To help you better understand the steps involved when going through a civil partnership dissolution or a divorce, we have put together a handy interactive infographic. Although every divorce is different, our infographic provides a basic, easy-to-understand run-through of what you can expect when going through the process.

Explore our interactive infographic here.

Converting a Civil Partnership Into a Marriage

Same sex couples have a choice; they may either marry or enter into a civil partnership. If they wish, same sex couples who are already in a civil partnership can convert their civil partnership into a marriage and receive a marriage certificate, without bringing the civil partnership to an end.

The process of conversion is relatively straightforward and the first step is to contact your local register office or visit their website. The conversion can take place at either a register office or religious or other approved premises where same sex marriages are allowed. The style of occasion is very much a matter of choice for the couple; it can be as simple as attending an appointment together at the local register office and signing a conversion into marriage declaration, or a ceremony can be held to mark the conversion and family and friends can join the couple to celebrate the occasion (although there is no requirement for witnesses).

A fee currently set at £45 will be charged, and if a ceremony is to take place, the cost will be a matter for the venue chosen by the couple. In common with certificates of birth, marriage or death, £4 will be charged for the certificate provided to the couple after the conversion. The date on the certificate will be the date on which their civil partnership was formed.

Same sex couples who either convert from civil partnership to marriage, marry, or enter into a civil partnership are subject to the same legal rights and responsibilities. In the event that the marriage or civil partnership were to break down, the legal and financial consequences would be unaffected by the decision to convert or not, aside from some very minor technical differences in the documentation required by the court to get a divorce or dissolution of civil partnership.

  1. Can you have a prenup before entering into a civil partnership?

    Yes. They are often referred to as pre-partnership agreements but are governed by the same laws.

  2. My partner and I can't decide whether to marry or enter into a civil partnership. What is the difference?

    There is little substantive difference between the rights and responsibilities of spouses and those of civil partners and only minor procedural differences in the event of relationship breakdown. It is therefore very much a matter of personal choice. Same sex relationships have different levels of legal recognition in different countries throughout the world and the situation is evolving all the time. If you have a particular reason to be concerned about recognition in a particular territory abroad, speak to a family lawyer both here and in the other country to find out the up to date position.

Why Choose JMW?

At JMW, we are highly experienced in helping people in same sex relationships with all different legal aspects of their civil partnership. We can provide the support and assistance you need to make sure everything runs smoothly and is carried out as efficiently as possible.

We are renowned for our commitment to providing a high quality client service and our approachable nature, which allows us to build close relationships with our clients and enables us to get the right results. 

Talk to Us

Find out more about our services today and how we can assist with any legal aspect of your civil partnership by getting in touch today. Simply call us on 0800 652 5577 or complete our online enquiry form and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

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