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Significant changes to the legal status of same-sex relationships have taken place in recent years. This includes the Civil Partnership Act 2004, which gave same sex relationships the same legal rights as heterosexual married couples, and also gives them the same financial rights during their lifetime and on death.
In July 2013 the UK Parliament passed the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013. This will allow same-sex couples to marry in England and Wales once it comes into force, anticipated to be in the summer of 2014. This is an emerging area of law and we anticipate further changes in this area over the next few years.
Legal advice for same-sex couples
Our specialist legal team at DS Legal has the experience and expertise to deal with all legal issues surrounding same-sex couples and civil partnerships.
We recognise that lesbians and gay men have legal needs and issues which are sometimes different (but in many ways similar) to those of heterosexual couples. Taking the personal and social aspects of same-sex relationships into account enables us to find ways to overcome challenges, and interpret and tailor family law to the needs of lesbians and gay men.
Our team of specialists have expertise in both advising on civil partnership agreements as well as advising couples following the breakdown of their civil partnership. A limited number of courts across the UK can deal with the dissolution of civil partnerships and specialist advice should be sought.
If your relationship has broken down you can start proceedings for a judicial separation, annulment or dissolution. The process for these is quite similar to that of divorce. For example, the same grounds for an application exist in both divorce proceedings and civil partnership dissolution proceedings, except adultery.
The court also has the range of financial orders available to it, according to the Civil Partnership Act, which are similar to those available in divorce proceedings.
Can we help you?
At DS Legal our team offers the full range of legal services for lesbians and gay men; as well as cases involving civil partnerships, we advise on parenting issues, adoption and surrogacy, co-parenting arrangements, IVF procedures and sperm donation cases.
If you need any specialist legal advice of this nature, please call Lauren on 01242 517949 or 01792 892692 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org