Cripps Harries Hall

Civil Partnership

It is now possible for same sex couples to formalise their relationship. If you are considering a civil partnership, or your civil partnership has broken down, we have the knowledge and experience to help you.

What we do

Civil partnership

If you are considering a civil partnership it would be wise to take advice first to understand how the partnership will change your legal position, in relation to your property and other assets, your pension and your tax status, for example.

Before entering into the partnership you could both sign a 'pre-registration agreement', which is equivalent to a prenuptial agreement in marriage.  Such an agreement is particularly important if you wish to protect substantial assets that you bring into the partnership, or which you are likely to acquire during its course (by inheritance, for example).

Breakdown of civil partnership

If your relationship breaks down, the rules are similar to those that govern divorce. The partnership needs to be formally dissolved. During the process you will need advice on how your capital and pensions should be divided and whether either of you has a maintenance claim.  We can also deal with disputes in relation to any children of the family.

Mediation and collaborative law are just as relevant to the breakdown of civil partnership as they are to the breakdown of marriage.

Why Cripps Harries Hall?

If you need an established and acknowledged family lawyer in Kent or our other locations we are well placed to provide specialist legal advice and support to civil partners.

Next steps

For further information please contact Alex Davies.

You can also find further information on our Family services by visiting these pages:

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+ Anomaly hits same-sex marriage plans
On 29 March 2014, the Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Act 2013 comes into force, which legalises same-sex marriages for the first time.
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Sophie Barrett Associate +44 (0)1892 506 249
Benjamin Carter Solicitor +44 (0)1892 506 081
Alex Davies Partner +44 (0)1892 506 326
Rebecca Hawley Solicitor +44 (0)1892 506 037
Kate Lovegrove Solicitor +44 (0)1892 506 205
Claire Tollefson Solicitor +44 (0)1892 506 191
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+ CrippsLife issue 18 - Spring 2013
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+ Cripps Harries Hall appoints private client partner
Amanda Chapman (nee Nelson), a former partner at Taylor Wessing, has joined Cripps Harries Hall as a partner in the private client team.
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+ Almost one in five women stop paying into a pension after a divorce
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+ Financial News - 1 in 5 Women Forget About Pension After Divorce
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+ One in five women 'stop paying into pension after divorce'
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+ Pension advice essential during divorce, research finds
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Key contacts

Alex Davies
+44 (0)1892 506 326

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