Civil Partnerships

In 2004 the Civil Partnership Act established the rights of same sex couples to have their relationship recognised under UK law.

The process of registering a civil partnership requires couples to register at their local register office, this is called "giving notice". When recognised as a civil partnership the couple will have many of the same legal rights as married couples including in certain areas including:

Work based rights and benefits  relating to:

  • Tax
  • Employment benefits
  • Pensions
Protection and responsibilities for families and children:
  • Child maintenance
  • Parental responsibility for civil partner's children
  • Protection from domestic violence

Registering as a civil partnership can also provide:

  • access to accident compensation and insurance
  • immigration rights

However without legal advice it can de difficult to fully understand the rights, responsibilities and benefits  that come with a civil partnership. At Family Law Southampton we recommend that if you are thinking about a civil partnership then please contact us and benefit from the expert advice of our experienced family law solicitors.

We are family lawyers in Southampton with the expertise and years of experience in giving legal advice on civil partnership law. All couples circumstances are different, so contact us on  02380 084 518, to find out how we can help you and your situation. You can also fill out our online enquiry form.

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