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Our family lawyers in Edinburgh and Glasgow provide expert legal advice on all aspects of civil partnership law and agreements.

Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014

Civil partnerships in Scotland at the present time are only available to same-sex couples. Prior to 16th December 2014, same-sex couples weren’t legally allowed to marry in Scotland. The introduction of the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014 changed the law in this regard and same sex couples can now marry. Also, those who had a civil partnership agreement in place prior to this, were able to convert their agreement into a marriage if they so wished. This conversion can take place either by having a marriage ceremony or by an administrative route.

As a result of same-sex marriages being made legal in England, Wales and Scotland, the number of civil partnership agreements has declined steadily.

The difference between civil partnership agreements and marriage

Generally speaking, civil partnership agreements and marriage afford you the same legal rights in Scotland.

Issues may arise with the legal recognition of your union in you plan to go and live abroad for example.

Some countries will recognise same-sex marriages and civil partnership agreements, and others won’t, depending on their own laws on the matter.

Financial disputes in civil partnership agreements

Financial disputes are resolved in the same way as those in a divorce between married couples. This means that civil partners can claim aliment and periodical allowance in the same way as divorcing couples. They can also make claims for capital sums, and pension sharing orders. All financial disputes have to be settled before the dissolution takes place. The ‘clean break’ principle for example is the same for divorce and dissolution of civil partnership agreements.

If you need legal advice or help or advice on any aspect of civil partnership agreements or same-sex marriages, contact Fiona using the details below.

Fiona Rasmusen
Partner, Head of Family Law
Do you need help? I specialise in family law, divorce, separation, child contact and residence, prenuptial agreements and separation agreements.
Edinburgh: 0131 208 2260
Glasgow: 0141 628 0656
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