Family law is a broad area that covers domestic relationships and family-related issues. Although any relationship is mainly private in nature, there is law that govern them to ensure their protection in any circumstances. All these issues for LGBTQ+ families are even more complex and emotionally charged where the correct strategy in protecting your rights is needed the most especially with the ever-changing laws in the legal history of LGBTQ+ rights.
When it comes to marriage, same sex couples can now enjoy the same rights as heterosexual ones. However, historic injustices and continued prejudice from a certain segment of the society, continue to impact some aspects of family law, making a specialist family lawyer advice, experienced in LGBTQ+ related matters invaluable.
At RVS Solicitors we will make sure to handle your issues with the necessary sensitivity and compassion to all aspects of your situation supporting you and your family.
Our family lawyers are well experienced in delivering the highest level of service to LBGTQ+ families. Our unique approach to Family law, where we take tailored approach to each case, is in particular valuable to LGBTQ+ families, considering that solutions that might have worked for traditional families, do not always reflect the needs of the modern ones.
RVS Solicitors and LGBTQ+ services
Our team of Family lawyers led by Rakhi Singal, is experienced in dealing with all aspects of family law. For some of our relevant services please visit
- Co-habitation agreements
- Pre- nuptial agreements
- Divorce and separation
- Child arrangements
- Finances in divorce
Whether you are just at the beginning stages of a relationship that is becoming serious, or in a long term-relationship without being married or having entered civil partnership, you might wish to speak to one of our family lawyers. More so, if you are cohabiting and have shared financial responsibilities.
If you are moving in with your partner, or having lived together for a while are considering getting a mortgage, selling an existing property to buy a joint property, renovating a property jointly to make it your home, and other significant financial decisions, then you should consider getting legal advice from our family lawyers before you take any steps.
At RVS solicitors, you will meet a teem of experienced and compassionate family lawyers, who will help you understand the possible implications of your intended actions. We will assist you not only with drafting a co-habitation agreement, but in doing so, we will help you see the hidden issues that in the future could potentially damage your relationship.
Likewise, if you are considering getting married or entering civil partnership, it is wise to consider having a pre-nuptial agreement in place. These agreements do not only protect you in the event of the relationship breaking down but can also bring in the much-needed clarity on what to expect, thereby ensuring you can plan your finances more prudently.
Divorce and Civil partnership dissolution
It is always hard when a relationship ends. There is hurt, sadness and heightened emotions all around, when a couple decides to separate. Having the right support during these times can make all the difference.
Our divorce lawyers will offer you the calm, level-headed legal advice that will benefit you the most. At such hard times when you are re-assessing your future plans, and making crucial decision for yourself, you shouldn’t need to worry about judgement and prejudice. Our specialist divorce solicitors will handle all aspects of your separation, including finances and child arrangements where needed.
Adoption and Surrogacy
As a same-sex couple, your options to have children are often going to involve adoption or surrogacy. Both these options have elements of complexity and require specialist guidance.
Our family team can guide you in respect of all the legal aspects of both Adoption and surrogacy. In cases where there is also an international element to adoption or surrogacy, we will work closely with our immigration team, to ensure that you can bring your child back to the UK hassle free.
The need for child arrangement may arise in various situations. Most commonly, parents require child arrangements when they separate and no longer live together. However, child arrangement issues may arise also in situations where you have entered into a new relationship and you, or your new partner, have a child from a previous relationship. In our experience, with appearance of a new partner, quite often old child arrangements, especially poorly drafted ones, tend to fail. This can happen due to various reasons, but the results is almost always the same – conflict that can affect not only your relationship with the child, but also your partner. We therefore always recommend that as soon as a new relationship becomes serious enough where you are contemplating moving in together, sharing finances and introducing your new partner to your child, or being introduced to their child, you consider getting legal advice in respect of existing child arrangements and their possible variation, where needed.
Gender Identity and family law
As a person whose gender identity differs from the sex assigned to them at birth, you are unfortunately, still very likely to encounter numerous legal hurdles when it comes to your family life. The law in the UK still has a long way to go to offer full protection to transgender and non-cis community when it comes to their family law related rights.
Our family lawyers will help you understand where you stand with the current legal regulations and offer sensible solutions to your legal needs. We can assist you in matters such as obtaining Gender Reassignment Certificate where there is an opposition, guide you in matters where your title on your child’s birth certificate does not reflect your assigned gender, or any other such matters.
Why RVS Solicitors?
We have years of experience in assisting LGBTQ+ people with their family law related matters and we have countless success stories. We have been able to guide our clients through very challenging times, provide clarity, and most importantly, succeed in ensuring our clients can achieve the best outcome for themselves and their families.
We will start with an initial assessment to see how we will best be able to assist you. We will devise the best possible legal strategy for you and implement it step by step, all the while keeping you updated on your matter and ensuring full transparency, in particular in relation to costs.