Marriage or Civil Partnership?

Both opposite and same-sex couples now have the choice of getting married or entering into a civil partnership. Outside of the religious community, some sections of the general public are starting to view marriage and civil partnerships as one and the same, the same commitment just with a different title.  Often, a civil partner will

Domicile and Surrogacy – What you need to know?

Why is domicile important? According to UK law when a child is born via surrogacy the surrogate who gives birth to the child is recognised as the child’s legal mother.  If the surrogate is married, the surrogate’s husband is the child’s legal father.  The intended parents must apply for a parental order in order to

How can I dissolve a civil partnership in England and Wales if I am living in a country which does not recognise civil partnerships?  

Under the law of England and Wales, a civil partnership is a relationship between two people of the same sex which is formed when they register as civil partners in England or Wales.  The courts also recognise certain registered overseas relationships that are equivalent to civil partnerships. It is possible to dissolve (formally end) a

Family Law Partners to host Law Commission Event

Family Law Partners are delighted to announce we will be hosting The Law Commission of England and Wales consultation event on their recent consultation paper Building families through surrogacy: a new law, on the 22nd July. This consultation paper has been jointly published with the Scottish Law Commission. This event will provide you with an

Using a known sperm donor – your legal rights

What are the legal implications of using a known sperm donor? More and more women are using sperm donors to get pregnant, often because they are in a same sex relationship or are single but feel ready to have a child.  Anyone considering this route needs to be aware of two decisions which can have

Same-sex parenting and the law

There are many different family structures and ways of having a child together when you are in a same-sex relationship. A child can only have up to two legal parents (except in the event of IVF-based techniques designed to avoid serious mitochondrial diseases where there are three legal parents). However, just because someone is legally