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This information is relevant to you if you need legal advice because you are in a same sex relationship and you are thinking about getting married or registering a civil partnership.

Healys Solicitors’ team of gay-friendly, experienced Family Solicitors can give you expert advice about the legal ramifications of same-sex marriage or civil partnership, and can help you in drafting a pre-civil partnership or pre-nuptial agreement.

If you are thinking about registering a civil partnership then you need to think about the following:

  • A civil partnership is a legal equivalent of marriage. A civil partnership gives both partners legal security and protection, as well as legal rights and responsibilities. Apart from the romantic aspect, this can be useful for inheritance rights and tax savings and to ensure that a civil partner has next of kin status when health issues arise.
  • As well as giving both partners legal security, civil partnerships also give each partner legal responsibilities and legal rights. Civil partnerships are treated like marriages for social security purposes so you can find benefits cut once you’ve registered your civil partnership. And your new civil partner has an automatic right to claim half of your money or property of you split up.
  • If you want to protect your financial position or regulate how your money and property should be divided on separation then you and your partner can enter into what we Lawyers call a pre-civil partnership agreement. This is a voluntary agreement, similar to a prenuptial agreement, signed by both partners before the big day, in which they set out who owns what prior to the ceremony and how this will be divided if there is a future dissolution.

Pre-civil partnership agreements (pre-cip) and prenuptial agreements (pre-nup)

Pre-civil partnership agreements are the equivalent of pre-nuptial agreements – these marital property agreements be drawn up before a civil partnership ceremony or same-sex marriage. They have been used by prospective partners for many years and are gaining in popularity.

For a pre-cip/pre-nup to be valid, each partner has to be seen to be making an informed decision to limit their future financial claims. Each would-be partner needs to be represented by a separate Solicitor or Lawyer and each must voluntarily provide the other with full details of their financial position.

A pre-cip/pre-nup will not be valid if it is entered into after the civil partnership/same-sex marriage has been registered or if there is not enough time to follow the correct procedures before the big day. If you are thinking about a pre-cip/pre-nup then make sure you plan it as carefully as the big day itself.

Healys Solicitors’Family Lawyers in London & Brighton

Our many years experience as specialist Family Solicitors has taught us that each individual situation is different. Healys Solicitors can help by listening sensitively and giving you straightforward legal advice so you can weigh up what options will work best for you.

When things are amicable we can help you keep it that way, and when things are tough we can help fight your corner.

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