The Civil Partnership Act 2004 came into effect in December 2005. This enables same sex couples to register their partnership and gain legal recognition by civil partnership.

There are many legal similarities to that of marriage; and many issues will arise dealing with relationship breakdown which may involve children and the sharing of matrimonial or civil partnership assets.

Please see the attached divorce procedure guide – the main differences to that of marriage is that there are four facts to support the irretrievable breakdown of the civil partnership and it is not possible to rely on the fact of adultery.

With regard to other issues surrounding separation, please see the links to the following:-

Barrett & Co can provide specific advice if you are considering entering into or ending a civil partnership both in terms of protecting assets but also, for example, the tax implications for you as well.

Fixed fee initial meeting

Paul Wild offers a fixed fee initial meeting of one hour to discuss your personal circumstances, your options and your next steps, at a cost of £95.00 ( inc VAT) , followed by a free letter of advice.

Paul will meet you in our Reading Berkshire office. If you would like to meet with Paul please telephone the office so that an appointment can be arranged.

Due to the impacts of Coronavirus and government guidance, our Fixed Fee Meetings will occur as telephone meetings.

Paul is a Solicitor specialising in Family Law and is a member of Resolution (formerly The Solicitors Family Law Association) and has trained in and practises both Mediation and Collaborative Law and is a member of Reading Family Mediation (“RFM”) and also the Thames Valley Collaborative POD.

To contact Paul, please telephone 01189589711. If you prefer you can email Paul: [email protected]

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