Civil Partnerships

Civil partnership gives you rights parallel to married couples.

The Civil Partnership Act 2004 was a big step forward as it introduced legislation for same sex couples making provision for the registration of a civil partnership,  to provide for the breakdown of their relationship or in the event of the death of their partner.

In the event of a breakdown, the civil partnership may be brought to an end upon either party bringing an action for nullity, dissolution or legal separation or by applying for a presumption of death order. Either party may then apply to the court for financial relief such as periodical payments, lump sum, property transfer and pension sharing orders or, for orders relating to the children.

If your civil partner dies, you will be treated in much the same way as a surviving spouse. You may administer the deceased’s estate, claim financial provision under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, and to claim a state pension similar to that of a widower.

Rather than make you read lengthy documents on this site we’d rather you access the facts and discuss your individual circumstances immediately.  So if you would like a free half hour discussion with us to find out where you stand, the issues you need to consider and the fees we would charge if you were to pursue matters – feel free to contact us direct.