Civil Partnership Agreements and Dissolution

Civil Partnership is a legal status acquired by same sex couples who register as civil partners under the Civil Partnership Act 2004, providing them with similar rights to married couples. We advise clients on Civil Partnership Agreements which are entered into by a couple before or during their civil partnership that seeks to do one or both of the following:

  • Regulate the couple’s financial affairs during the relationship.
  • Determine how their assets should be divided in the event of dissolution or separation.

An agreement entered into before a Civil Partnership is formed is usually referred to as a Pre-Civil Partnership Agreement or a Pre-Registration Agreement. An agreement entered into during a Civil Partnership is usually referred to as a Post-Civil Partnership Agreement or a Post-Registration Agreement.

Before entering into a Civil Partnership, it is vital for the parties to understand their rights and responsibilities towards each other in the event of relationship breakdown and the dissolution of the partnership.
We also advise clients on the procedures that civil partners can follow to convert their Civil Partnership into a same sex marriage under the Marriages (Same Sex Couples) Act 2103.

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