In 2004 the Civil Partnership Act 2004 was introduced which was a major milestone in changing the culture towards same sex couples entering a recognised legal relationship with one another.
A Civil Partnership allows individuals to obtain a number of rights mirroring those available to married couples. Like any relationship, the breakdown of a Civil Partnership can be a difficult and stressful experience with a multitude of issues arising from the separation.
A Divorce or Dissolution of a Civil Partnership is a very similar process to that applicable to married couples. This means that the same rights that are available to a married spouse upon Divorce are also available to a Civil Partner.
At the end of 2014 the Marriage & Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014 shall come into force. Thereafter it will be possible for same sex couples to give notice to get married. The change will allow same sex couples to have a ceremony of marriage.
For more information on Civil Partnerships and same Sex Marriages, please contact our office to arrange an appointment with a member of our Family Law Team.