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Family Law - Same Sex Relationships

Civil partnerships and marriages between couples of the same sex (which became legal in March 2014), give same sex couples essentially the same rights as heterosexual married couple.  However, there are often complex issues to settle should your relationship break down.  For example, you may have children from previous relationships who have lived with you as a family, children you have adopted together or children born by donor sperm/egg IVF – agreeing who the children spend time with can be stressful and difficult to resolve.

Money issues can also be complex as your needs for re-housing and the contributions made financially are often very different to married couples.  You may have lived together for a long time before your civil partnership and may have two 'families' to re-house, both with children.  

Our team of family law experts can provide the advice and guidance you need to navigate you through what can be a distressing time. 

We offer professional advice and assistance on all legal issues relating to same sex couples. The work we do regularly includes:

  • Preparing cohabitation agreements between same sex couples.
  • Preparing pre and post civil partnership/marriage agreements.
  • Advising on legal issues affecting your children.
  • Acting in the dissolution of civil partnerships.
  • Advising on financial issues arising from the breakdown of same sex relationships.

For more information please contact our specialist law team on 0113 320 5000 or by email on

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