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10 Years Since Same-Sex Marriage Became Law

It has now been 10 years since Parliament passed the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013. The first same sex marriage took place in 2014. The Act allows same sex couples to marry in civil and religious ceremonies.  It also allows civil partners (those who entered a same sex civil partnership prior to same sex marriage being introduced) to convert their partnership to marriage.

Sadly, when civil partnerships and same sex marriages break down the parties must seek a divorce or dissolution of their civil partnership. Since the implementation of the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 there is now “no fault divorce”. This removes the requirement to cite a reason for the breakdown of a marriage or civil partnership. This makes it easier for everyone to obtain a divorce. The introduction of no-fault divorce has modernized the process. Same sex couples can get a no fault divorce in exactly the same way as an opposite sex couple. Previously same sex couples were unable to cite adultery as a reason for the breakdown of their relationship. The divorce process is now identical with neither opposite sex or same sex couples having to go into detail about the reason for the breakdown of their marriage.

Within divorce or dissolution proceedings financial settlements can be dealt with by the court in the same way as opposite sex partners.  Same sex couples have all the same rights and entitlements.

At Clarkson Wright & Jakes, our Family Law team has been supporting LGBTQIA+ people for many years. We can offer expert assistance across all areas of family law, including more specialist matters that other firms may not be used to dealing with.

When you work with us, you will receive an outstanding service from a highly accredited legal team. We always ensure that we tailor our support to your needs, so you can get the outcome you require.

To speak to someone today, please give Alison Hall a call on 01689 887887 or email

Looking for more information? Please take a look at our LGBTQIA+ family law FAQs.

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