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Family Law Blog : Civil partnerships

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Has same-sex marriage made civil partnerships obsolete?

are civil partnerships now obsolete

It’s been widely reported that the Government is to take a good look again at civil partnerships. Earlier this month saw the second reading of the Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration Etc.) Bill in the Commons, which seeks to see how the Government can extend civil partnerships to opposite-sex…


Five things to consider when dissolving a civil partnership

Dissolving A Civil Partnership

Dissolving civil partnerships is in many ways no different to the process of divorce, however, there are still some nuances. The legal system has taken massive strides forwards in terms of equality when dealing with same-sex couples in the last few years. The changes ensure that all enjoy the same…


Equal family law rights for all couples

Marriage civil partnerships and cohabitation rights

With a new Government in place, albeit one preoccupied with Brexit and unforeseen tragic events, is now the time to put more emphasis on equality in family law? We have marriage and civil partnerships for same sex couples, but what about the rights of cohabiting couples, and the rights of…


Why same sex couples need a pre-nup

Pre nuptial agreements for same sex couples

I came across some interesting figures this week. The average age at which women marry is 37.0 years, according to ONS, slightly lower than the male mean age of 38.6 years. Seem high? Well maybe not if I tell you that these figures relate to same-sex marriage. For hetero-sexual couples, the…


Civil partnership dissolution: sorting out the finances

Civil partnership dissolution finances

As more people enter civil partnerships and same sex marriages it’s an unfortunate fact of life that more of these relationships are also ending in divorce, or dissolution as it’s known. Between 2012 and 2014 there was a 20% increase in the number of civil partnership dissolutions.  Looking at the…


What does gay marriage really mean?

The early hours of Saturday March 29, 2014, saw the first gay marriages in England and Wales after a change in the law allowed same-sex couples to be joined in matrimony rather than “just civil partnershipped”. The debate on whether this should or shouldn’t happen seems to have been running…


The unintentional consequences of equal marriage

Earlier this month peers in the House of Lords backed government plans for same-sex marriages in England and Wales. In the end, the support from the upper house was by more than two votes to one but this political hot potato has not had an easy ride so far on…


Equal marriage: will you be my Valentine?

It has come as the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for homosexual couples up and down the country. All couples with a lifelong commitment should be able to call it marriage, Culture Secretary Maria Miller told MPs ahead of that important vote last week, whether straight or gay, and it was…


Church churlish over gay marriage rumpus

I’ve always wanted to write a headline like that! Has a real tabloid ring to it. Hopefully, it is still obvious what this blog is about. It’s the ongoing issue of legalising gay marriage and, in particular, the Church of England’s unusually strong opposition to it. Now the Church of…


What is a “traditional” family?

What is a proper family? Traditionally, the definition appears to have been married heterosexual parents with two or more children. I am not sure I would necessarily agree that is exactly right, but it will do for now. But where does that sit in 21st Century society? A new survey…


Same sex partnerships – what’s in a name

An awful lot for many of us. It can mean the difference between feeling we belong or making a statement of independence and being attached to a name we ‘landed’ from a previous failed relationship. But did you realise that you can officially change all, or any part of your…


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