Civil Partnerships

A civil partnership is a legal arrangement between a couple, which gives them the same legal rights as a married couple.

The Civil Partnership Act 2004 initially only allowed same-sex couples over the age of 16 to enter into a civil partnership, but in 2019 this was extended to opposite-sex couples.

Is there a difference between marriage and a civil partnership?

The legal rights of civil partners are the same as married couples.

The primary difference between a marriage and a civil partnership is that marriage has traditional and religious connotations, which not everybody feels comfortable with. Those who have been married before might also prefer a civil partnership.

The only other differences are:

  • Marriage partners receive a marriage certificate, and civil partners receive a civil partnership document.
  • Marriages are ended by divorce and civil partnerships are ended by dissolution. The process, however, is the same.

Dissolution

Whether you are just at the stage of thinking about a dissolution of a civil partnership and wanting some initial advice or you’re in need of a lawyer to represent you, Blossom Law is here to support you.

Blossom Law aims to deal with the dissolution of civil partnerships as amicably as possible. We do so by seeking to agree the contents of the Dissolution Petition with your spouse or civil partner before any formal action is taken.  Even in the most difficult of cases, it will be very unlikely that you will be required to attend Court.

Dissolution also covers a vast range of circumstances – from everything being completely agreed through to, sadly, quite bitter and acrimonious court proceedings. Our lawyers are experts and can help whatever your position. 

Getting the right lawyer is vital – the level of legal knowledge and expertise can make a real difference to the outcome and their levels of customer service can make a real difference to your experience. Contact us today if you would like to discuss your situation.   

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