Family law for gay men and lesbians
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|Gay men and lesbians have legal needs that are sometimes different to those of heterosexuals.Civil partnership dissolution is similar to divorce.There are significant differences on the international issues of civil partnership, in same sex partnerships, especially for bi-national couples.|
Many same-sex couples are entering into a pre-registration agreement (similar to a pre-nuptial agreement) before registering a civil partnership to regulate their finances.
We can help you here – We are experienced advisors to help you with pre-registration agreements. The fixed fee is £595 + VAT
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 is partly in force and provides for new paternity rights for lesbians and gay men. For the first time a woman’s partner can be the second parent of a child from birth.
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Avoiding the Courts
One way to try to make family law work for gay men and lesbians is to avoid litigation through the courts, where most judges will no doubt struggle to grasp the specific circumstances of the case.
The main way to avoid court proceedings is to try resolving the issues arising from relationship breakdown through either negotiation or mediation.
If this is the approach you wish to take, contact us today for a free legal consultation
Can I get a divorce, or dissolve my civil partnership in the UK?
English procedure can be summarized as follows.
A person has jurisdiction to apply for a divorce in England and Wales in any of the following circumstances;
If a person is able to satisfy one of the above categories, then there will be jurisdiction in England and Wales for that person to start divorce proceedings.
If you are in doubt about whether you can get divorced or other civil partnership dissolution in the UK, consult the experts –
You may also find this PDF information on the Child Programme Arrangements useful.