“Civil partners are often unaware that in entering into a civil partnership, their assets can become part of the “partnership pot.” Debra Emery, Partner and Head of Family
The Civil Partnership Act gives civil partners virtually the same rights as married couples. We advise clients who are considering entering into a civil partnership and also those whose civil partnership has sadly broken down.
If you are thinking about entering into a civil partnership, it can be advisable to consider a pre-registration agreement similar to a pre-nuptial agreement. Although not presently legally binding, this can stipulate what is intended in relation to assets acquired prior to the beginning of the relationship. If children are involved, a parental responsibility agreement can clarify relationships and protect the child’s interests.
Should the relationship sadly break down, we can act on your behalf in any financial and child-related issues, using mediation and collaborative law to avoid lengthy and costly court proceedings wherever possible. Whether this involves inheritance claims or cross-jurisdictional issues, we will protect your interests and find a fair, cost effective solution.