Same-sex relationships

Legal negotiations during or following the end of your relationship can be highly emotive and require sensitive and skillful guidance. If you are in a same-sex relationship, you may have questions or concerns about how the law on LGBT relationships could affect you and your children now or in the future.

Key Contacts

Anna Patterson

Anna Patterson

Legal director

Sally Pike

Sally Pike



You may be considering entering into a marriage or civil partnership and wish to discuss the possibility of undertaking formal negotiations on key issues such as finances or children, prior to taking that step. Alternatively, if your relationship has broken down, you may be seeking guidance on the divorce or dissolution process.

Legal issues surrounding same-sex marriage and LGBT rights can be complex, span multiple jurisdictions and be subject to ongoing developments. With a bespoke and pragmatic approach, we consider that taking the time to listen to you and seeking to thoroughly understand your individual circumstances is key to achieving the best possible outcome for you and your family. You’ll benefit from the extensive experience of our specialist lawyers, who can advise and support you through any and every stage of your relationship.


Our family team has been in a number of cases in this area.  Highlights include:

  • advising a same-sex couple on a cross jurisdictional (England and Australia) basis relating to the dissolution of their relationship, including issues concerning contact with their child and maintenance
  • providing advice and assistance on the divorce of a same-sex couple

  • advising on the dissolution of a same-sex civil partnership
  • assisting an individual in a same-sex relationship with their pre-civil partnership agreement




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