Same-sex relationships

The specialist family team have experience in advising clients in a same-sex relationship in negotiations prior to entering into either a civil partnership or marriage and also should such a relationship break, down then assisting them through the divorce or dissolution process. We can also provide linked advice in relation to issues concerning children and their relationship with their parents.

Key Contacts

Anna Patterson

Anna Patterson

Legal director

Sally Pike

Sally Pike


Sensitive and practical advice

Our specialist family lawyers have extensive experience of dealing with LGBTQ clients who may need advice in forming a relationship with a member of the same sex by way of cohabitation or through marriage. We have also advised and assisted many clients in the divorce or dissolution process and our team will work closely with you to fully understand your personal circumstances and guide you sensitively and pragmatically at each stage through the process.


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 and issues concerning contact with their child and maintenance
  • advising and assisting a client in a same sex divorce

  • advising and assisting a client in relation to same-sex civil partnership dissolution
  • advising a same-sex client in relation to a pre-civil partnership agreement




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