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Same Sex Marriage and Civil Partnerships

Support when a relationship breaks down

Although there are subtle differences whilst a relationship subsides, there are no fundamental legal differences between civil partnerships and same-sex marriages when a relationship breaks down. In both instances, breakdown of a relationship can give rise to confusion, anxiety and concern.

At K J Smith Solicitors, we have a team of highly skilled specialist divorce and civil partnership lawyers who can advise you on the most cost effective and efficient way to proceed with a divorce in a same sex marriage or dissolution of a civil partnership. Our civil partnership solicitors have experience of both and are members of Resolution, an organisation committed to working in a non-confrontational and cost-effective way.

Our friendly and discreet approach means that we take the time to fully understand your circumstances and the reasons for the relationship breakdown. We then work quickly to find a practical solution in order to minimise the pain and stress throughout the ongoing process.

I don’t think it is possible to tell you how grateful I am. You were a calming influence throughout.

Our aim is to be a friend on the other end of the phone who you can rely on, as well as the expert to act on your behalf. We pride ourselves on being accessible and available – meaning our lawyers will be there for you and act quickly when you need advice.

Meeting individual needs

No two cases are the same, therefore we tailor our service to your individual needs and match you with a specialist who will be best suited to handle your case.

Our divorce and civil partnership lawyers will offer support and advice throughout the proceedings whilst keeping you up-to-date on where you are in the process, together with regular updates on costs and likely costs.

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Finding the right lawyer can be a difficult job, therefore why not arrange a free 45-minute consultation at one of our offices or arrange a video consultation with us via Zoom, WhatsApp or Facetime.

Our flexible video conferencing service is available Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 6pm, until 9pm on Thursdays and between 10am and 3pm on Saturdays.

Free, no obligation consultation

Contact us for a free initial 45 minute consultation to give you the opportunity to meet us before deciding if you wish to proceed with instructing us to act on your behalf.
During this appointment we will seek to understand the reasons for the breakdown of the relationship and discuss the various options available to you.

If saving the marriage or partnership is unlikely, we will seek to understand more about you and your partner's income, savings, assets and pension arrangements so that we can begin to think about finding a solution to your future financial needs. We will also talk about your children, if you have any, and options for their future arrangements.

Please contact K J Smith Solicitors on 01491 630000 (Henley on Thames), 0118 418 1000 (Reading Head Office), 0118 418 1200 (Reading Central), 01256 584000 (Basingstoke), 01483 370100 (Guildford), 01494 629000 (Beaconsfield), 01344 513000 (Ascot), 01635 785 100 (Newbury), 01962 587900 (Winchester), 0204 599 7400 (Richmond) or email info@kjsmith.co.uk.

We also serve a wide range of other areas including Abingdon, Bracknell, Gerrards Cross, Maidenhead, Marlow, Oxford, Slough, Wokingham, Pangbourne, and High Wycombe.

Our Office Locations

All our offices are easily accessible by road, rail or bus and we are open Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 6:00pm. With today's busy schedules, we offer telephone appointments outside normal office hours until 9pm on Thursdays and between 10am and 3pm on Saturdays.

Not sure which office is closest to you? Try our Office Finder.

If you would like to visit our team of family solicitors, we have offices in Henley-on-Thames, Woodley, Reading (Head Office), Reading (Central), Basingstoke, Guildford, Beaconsfield, Ascot, Newbury & Winchester. We serve a wide range of other areas including Abingdon, Bracknell, Gerrards Cross, Maidenhead, Marlow, Oxford, Slough, High Wycombe and Wokingham.

Why not contact our team of divorce solicitors for a free initial consultation today? We offer a free initial consultation that can take place in any one of our offices or over the telephone.

Client Testimonials

We are proud to have represented many excellent clients. Below are some comments our clients have made about us.

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We are always looking for exceptional people to join our team.

Whether you are considering a move now or at some point in the future, we would love to hear from you and learn more about your career goals and motivations.

At K J Smith we pride ourselves on our commitment to offering support, guidance and career development across all roles. You will receive a competitive salary along with a comprehensive range of benefits.

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Kulbir Rahi

Kulbir Rahi

Partner at our Ascot office

"I joined K J Smith with an open mind and with the expectation of developing and adding diversity and challenge to my career, having spent 23 years in a comfortable position with a traditional high street practice.

I can honestly say that K J Smith have exceeded my expectations. Since joining, I have felt supported and encouraged by the firm’s continued commitment to growth and improvement. The company allow staff at all levels to have a voice and recognise the importance of investment in their employees at every level."

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To find out how we can help you, please contact us for a free initial consultation. Call or email, we will be happy to speak to you about your options and how we can help.