Civil Partnerships vs. Marriage

The Civil Partnership Act 2004 enables couples of the same gender to join in a Civil Partnership that largely mirrors marriage. With this comes all the legal considerations that marriage brings.


Committed same-sex couples can obtain a special package of rights when entering into a Civil Partnership. These rights are similar to the rights of opposite-sex couples for property, inheritance tax, social security and pension benefits.


In addition, civil partners are able to other rights such as parental responsibility for a partners children, tenancy rights, life insurance recognition and next-of-kin rights in hospitals. Special procedures similar to divorce have to be followed if the Civil Partnership breaks down.


Our Family Solicitors

Carol Robinson has been a family law solicitor for 14 years and is a member of Resolution.  She has extensive experience in all aspects of family law, including divorce, finances/maintenance, separation, cohabitation, children’s proceedings and pre-nuptial agreements.

Carol has a particular affinity with clients in relation to difficulties surrounding contact with children when families separate or go through divorce. 

As a member of Resolution, Carol believes in their Code of Practice and that the starting point is negotiation, promoting a constructive approach to sensitive family issues that consider the needs of the whole family during what can be a very emotional time. She has personally represented clients in court and conducts her own advocacy, wherever possible.

The breakdown of a Civil Partnership brings with it all the issues that divorce does. As with all areas of Family Law, the lawyers at Sanders Witherspoon LLP take a pragmatic and supportive approach to every situation encountered.


Making a Will is important so that your money, property and other assets go to those people you choose after your death. It also allows your exact wishes to be carried out and those you have left behind to be treated with dignity.


If you don’t make a Will it is not always the case that your loved ones will inherit your wealth. Sometimes complications arise when civil partnerships break down and the final outcome may not be as you intended.


Sanders Witherspoon LLP offer an initial consultation for £150.00 plus VAT.  


For expert legal help and advice on Civil Partnerships contact a member of our Family Law Department.

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“From start to finish this company provided a professional outstanding service to myself and my family at a very difficult time. The communication was consistent throughout the process from everyone involved in our case and this reflected in the positive, successful outcome we had so desperately hoped for. ” - Nikki Yianni - Family Law Client

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