• Civil partnerships are a legal relationship and are governed by laws which are similar to those that cover marriage.

    They are available to both same-sex couples and opposite-sex couples. Our specialist family lawyers can advise you on all aspects of civil partnerships, whether you are thinking of entering a civil partnership or your relationship has broken down.

    If you are living together and want advice on your legal rights if you do not enter a civil partnership or marriage, read our cohabitation legal advice.

    Entering a civil partnership

    Before entering a civil partnership, you may want to consider drawing up a ‘pre-registration agreement’. This works in the same way as a prenuptial agreement to set out your rights and responsibilities towards each other if the relationship ends. This can include how you will divide any assets, what will happen to the family home and arrangements for children.

    Our solicitors can ensure you have considered all your possessions, finances and circumstances, and that both parties are protected. These agreements can help couples to avoid additional conflict and stress at the end of a relationship. They can also be particularly useful if you want to safeguard assets which have been inherited, or that you want to pass on to children from a previous relationship.

    Civil partnership dissolution

    Once you have registered a civil partnership, it can only be ended if one partner dies or you apply to the courts to legally end it. This is similar to the way married couples must apply for a divorce. If your relationship is breaking down, our solicitors will support you professionally and practically through what can be a stressful stage of your life.

    We can advise on how to divide assets and make arrangements for any children that you share. Where possible, we help our clients to resolve these issues by agreement, without going to court. Members of our team are accredited in alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation and collaborative law.

    How to contact our civil partnership solicitors

    Our civil partnership solicitors are based in Maidstone and Canterbury and are ready to help you with any advice you need.

    If you need guidance about your options, speak to one of our friendly team. You can call us on 01622 690691 or book an initial fixed-fee virtual appointment or use our no-obligation online tool to get started at a time that suits you.

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