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 family@winstonsolicitors.co.uk

Latest Blog

Get to know the key faces of the Winston Solicitors Property team

11/10/2018
Get to know the property team at Winston Solicitors LLP
Get to know the key faces of the Winston Solicitors property team with the questions you never knew you wanted to ask! Jonathan Perry, Commercial Property Solicitor What's been your funniest...
Reintroduction of employment tribunal fees?

In a surprising announcement, the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) has confirmed that it may reintroduce fees for employment tribunal claims.  This would be a surprising U-turn by the government which was criticised for its tribunal fee structure which was introduced in 2013.  The fee structure was decl

Inheritance tax changes

The recent Budget saw the Chancellor announce reforms to Inheritance Tax rules which were widely expected following the Conservative Party’s General Election victory.  Currently, a married couple are able to access allowances of £325,000 each, which can be doubled up and applied as a single allow

Grandmother with Grandchild

The Prime Minister David Cameron has recently suggested that he would be “happy” to look at plans for so called “granny leave” giving working grandparents the right to take up to 18 weeks of shared paren