Same Sex Marriage and Civil Partnership Disputes

Civil partnerships and same sex marriages are subject to different law and legislation than traditional managers. If you’re thinking about tying the knot with a same sex partner and would like to discuss your rights, contact a member of the team at Aristone Solicitors today.

Marriage for Same Sex Couples

Introduced in 2013, the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act granted same sex couples who wish to marry the same legal rights and obligations as heterosexual couples. The introduction of true legal recognition to same sex marriages transformed the marriage landscape of the United Kingdom, paving the way for thousands of happy couples to formally tie the knot.

Though entering into a same sex marriage or civil partnership is far from mandatory, there are several key benefits of doing so to consider. Examples of which include:

  • Formal recognition of the couple’s marriage, both in the United Kingdom and in a growing number of overseas territories.
  • In the event that a same sex partner dies, the other partner is now entitled to a share of their pension, just as would be the case with a heterosexual marriage.
  • All the rights and privileges afforded to married couples, both financial and otherwise.

According to the terms of the Married (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013, it is now also possible for civil partners to convert their partnership into a formal same sex marriage, should they wish to do so.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding civil partnerships and same sex marriage, we’re standing by to take your call. Aristone Solicitors has unrivalled experience and expertise in all aspects of same sex marriage and civil partnerships, having helped countless couples formalise their relationships and celebrate their union.

Call anytime to book your obligation-free consultation with a member of our legal team.

Divorce for Same Sex Spouses

Civil partners and same sex couples facing the breakdown of their relationship can apply for a divorce through the same channels as a heterosexual married couple. However, while there are five recognised causes of irretrievable marriage breakdowns for heterosexual couples, there are only four for same sex couples.

This is because according to UK law, adultery relates specifically to sex between a man and a woman. Therefore, adultery cannot be used as the formal cause of the irretrievable breakdown of a same sex marriage or civil partnership.

If your relationship broke down due to infidelity, you may still be able to file for divorce on the grounds of ‘unreasonable behaviour’. In order to avoid unnecessary delays or complications, we strongly suggest seeking qualified legal support at the earliest possible stage. Whether considering separation or already in the process of separating from your partner, we’re standing by with the support you need.

Contact a member of the team at Aristone Solicitors anytime to discuss your rights and obligations in more detail.

Protecting Your Assets

As with a heterosexual marriage, it may be advisable to think about protecting your assets before entering into a legally binding union with a same sex partner. This can be arranged through a pre-civil partnership agreement, which is essentially the same as a prenuptial agreement. In the event that the relationship breaks down, you and your partner will have already agreed on division of assets, wealth, real estate and so on.

At Aristone Solicitors, we provide a complete range of legal services and representation for same sex couples across the UK. Whatever your requirements and however urgent your case may be, we’re standing by to take your call. Contact Aristone Solicitors anytime for more information.


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