Whether you are planning to enter a civil partnership or are facing the end of your civil partnership, getting the right legal advice can ensure your rights are protected and your needs taken care of, now and in the future.

How our family lawyers can help with your civil partnership

Pre-registration agreements (pre-civil partnership agreements)

It is increasingly common for couples entering a civil partnership to make a pre-registration agreement. This sets out how your home and any other shared assets should be divided in the event of a separation. Many couples find making such an agreement removes a lot of stress and worry about the future, as well as proactively defusing potential sources of tension.

Our family law team can assist with drafting a pre-registration agreement or review such an agreement you have been asked to sign by your partner. We can also advise on the application of these agreements during a civil partnership dissolution.

Civil partnership dissolution

Should your relationship have come to an end, we can help you navigate the legal processes involved. Our team can assist you with initiating civil partnership dissolution proceedings, as well as responding to proceedings started by your spouse.

By ensuring all paperwork is completed correctly and submitted promptly, and all correspondence is dealt with swiftly and effectively, we can help your dissolution move forward faster with less chance of any delays or other problems.

Financial settlements

When going through a civil partnership dissolution, separating your finances is often the most complicated issue to deal with. Our civil partnership solicitors can guide you through this, helping to make the process simpler and less stressful.

Wherever possible, we will work with you to agree an amicable settlement with your partner. This can allow you to fairly separate your finances as quickly as possible, while keeping the costs involved and any conflict to a minimum.

Arrangements for children

If you have children, we can help to make sure their needs will continue to be met and that your rights as a parent will be fully taken into account. Our team can help you to agree voluntarily with your former partner what arrangements need to be made for your children. We can also advise on court proceedings if required.

We can also assist with matters such as ensuring you have legal parental responsibility for your children if this is in question, as well as advising on issues such a relocating in the UK or overseas with your children.

We work with a wide range of clients, including high net worth individuals and those with complicated assets, such as family businesses, family trusts, property portfolios and substantial pensions.

Our aim is to provide clear, sensible legal advice that matches your priorities and addresses your concerns, while providing the very highest levels of client service for what can be challenging issues.

Get in touch with our civil partnership solicitors in St Albans

If you need assistance with a pre-civil partnership agreement, civil partnership dissolution or any other areas of family law relating to a civil partnership, please contact us today.

We have local offices in St Albans and Radlett and we regularly help individuals from across the wider Hertfordshire area and London.

Why choose Debenhams Ottaway’s family team for civil partnership legal advice?

  • We have a long history of looking after couples and families in St Albans, across Hertfordshire and beyond
  • Our team and lawyers are ranked in the leading legal directories Chambers UK and Legal 500 (tier 1) for family law
  • We have the right people and technical excellence to look after you – our lawyers are Law Society accredited for Family Law Advanced and accredited Resolution specialists in complex financial remedies and cohabitation
  • The family team is described as “one of the strongest outside London and holds its own in all cases.” The Legal 500, 2020