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The Civil Partnership Act 2004, which came into effect on 5th December 2005, allows couples of the same sex to register their partnership giving them the same rights and responsibilities of a married couple.
Before entering into a Civil Partnership both parties need to ensure that they have considered carefully what their plans are for the future in respect of finances, family and what will happen if the relationship breaks down.
All of this can be agreed beforehand and can form part of an agreement very similar to a pre-marital or prenuptial agreement. If both parties have been fully and properly advised, then the pre-partnership agreement can be legally enforceable should the Civil Partnership break down.
As with a married couple, upon separation, the parties will need to make arrangements for their children and their finances, and decide where they are going to live.
Our family law team will advise on these and other related matters which may be a cause for concern. It is, therefore, preferable that you take legal advice prior to leaving the property, or deciding upon the division of any assets.
With years of experience, Blackhams are experts in the field of family law and pride themselves on providing the highest professional standards, combined with impartial advice and understanding.