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Same sex marriages

April 29th, 2014

First we had The Civil Partnership Act 2004, which came into force on 5th December 2005.  This legislation sought to give same sex couples the legal rights that heterosexual married couples had.  This was a big change in the law and following the Equalities Act, there was a public consultation on civil marriages being made available to same sex couples.  Following the stroke of midnight on Saturday 29th March 2014, this finally became possible and reports are that more than 25 same sex couples were married under the new law on 30th March.

Not all same sex couples will want to marry or enter into a civil partnership nor will they be eligible to do so.

We can advise on what is involved in entering into a civil partnership, the position and grounds for dissolution, the rights relating to children and financial claims.  Same sex couples can also enter into agreements prior to their civil partnerships, similar to pre-nuptial agreements which are not currently binding in this country but may be upheld or become binding in the future.

If this is something we can assist you with then please contact Jenny Russell on 01494 773377 or e-mail us at


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