Civil Partnerships

We offer advice on the Civil Partnership Act for same sex couples wishing to register their partnership in a formal civil ceremony and on breakdown of a Civil Partnership. On the breakdown of a Civil Partnership we can act in Court proceedings for the dissolution of the Civil pattnership. We can prepare pre and post nuptial agreements for Civil Partners.

Austins Family Law department based at our offices in Luton and Berkahmsted are experienced in preparing pre and post nuptial agreements whether in the most straightforward of cases or where there are substantial assets and/or income. In many cases a couple may before entering into a formal Civil Partnership under the Civil Partnership Act wish to enter into a pre nuptial agreement in relation to financial and property matters. In recent times these agreements have received much support from Judges. The leading case in the Supreme Court of Radmacher and Granatino did not make pre nuptial agreements binding in England and Wales upon divorce, but that case did take a purposeful step towards that eventuality.

Whilst no lawyer in England and Wales can currently advise their client that a pre nuptial agreement will be binding if the couple divorce, the Court has a duty to take this sort of agreement into account and give it weight as appropriate. It is very important that such agreements are entered into by the couple only after they have both received independent legal advice on the agreement.

To contact us, please telephone one of our family team or use the online enquiry form and we will contact you.

Luton office

T 01582 456222

Berkhamsted office

T 01442 872141