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Civil Partnerships

The Civil Partnership Act 2004 gave same-sex couples the right to enter into a Civil Partnership. The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 grants those registered in a Civil Partnership the ability to convert their partnership into a marriage.

In the event of a breakdown of a same sex relationship it is necessary to deal with both the dissolution of the Civil Partnership as well as the surrounding financial issues. The same rules and principles in relation to resolving financial claims apply to both married and same sex couples in civil partnerships. For more information on the available financial claims please click here

Our lawyers have gained considerable expertise in dealing with Civil Partnership Dissolution since 2004 and regularly deal with separating same sex couples.


There are an increasing number of same sex parents which often leads to the need to formalise arrangements for the children on separation. We refer to our Children page for further information.

“Ian Butterworth supported me in renegotiating a Financial order. I found him very easy to talk to and his work led to a very satisfactory outcome that previous solicitors in other practices had not identified. I have no hesitation in recommending Ian and the wider Ellis Jones team for their competence and ease of communications. I am a very happy client!” Mr Winwood
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