CORONAVIRUS UPDATE APRIL 2021

A message to our clients:

With the recent move to allow shops and offices to fully re-open, we will continue to review our policy on clients attending our offices. Currently, we are not inviting clients into the office but we are able to briefly meet with clients by appointment at the door of the office. Please note that face coverings are still required indoors until further notice. We remain committed to following the Government guidelines as rules continue to change in line with the easing of lockdown.

We continue to operate our business as usual across all the services that we offer our clients, both current and prospective.

We continue to offer teleconference-based or telephone consultations.. We are aware that not everyone has been offered full vaccination yet and understand that some people may feel safer continuing with socially distanced communications.

Our family and wills / probate solicitors continue to offer initial advice remotely by video conferencing and by telephone for up to one hour (as advertised on this website). Please call us if you would like to speak to one of our experts.

If you have a case in court, please telephone us so we can discuss representation.

We appreciate your patience, support and understanding over the past year since the restrictions related to the pandemic began. We hope you continue to stay safe, and wish you a brighter 2021!

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Battrick Clark Solicitors offer all the help and legal advice you will need if you are considering entering into or dissolving a civil partnership.

We have expert knowledge in this area, and provide a welcoming service.

  • We can give you information about the provisions of this new area of law
  • We are experienced family lawyers
  • Should your partnership break down, we can advise you on issues such as finance and property division

Law on Civil Partnerships in the UK

Under the Civil Partnership Act 2004, civil partnership was introduced into UK law as a legal entity for the first time.

The Act allows for two people of the same sex to register as civil partners of each other.

The first civil partnership ceremonies in England and Wales took place in late December 2005.

The minimum age requirement for civil partnership is 16. Consent from appropriate persons (typically parents or other responsible guardians) is normally required if either partner is aged under 18; but where it is refused, you can apply to a court for consent instead, and in this case, it may be granted at the court’s discretion.

In 2018, the Supreme Court ruled in favour of an opposite-sex couple contesting the compatibility with the European Convention on Human Rights of the existing UK legislation on Civil Partnerships by dint of the legislation’s restrictive applicability only to same-sex couples. The UK government has announced plans to amend the 2004 legislation accordingly, but no amendment has yet been instituted at the time of writing.

Dissolution of Civil Partnerships

As with married couples, civil partners are barred from applying for termination of the partnership until one year after the date of the civil ceremony. As with divorce / financial separation, one partner must prove that the partnership has broken down irretrievably by proving one of the following facts:

  • Unreasonable behaviour
  • Desertion
  • Two years’ separation (with consent)
  • Five years’ separation (without consent).

There is no fact of adultery in the termination of a civil partnership, by virtue of the prevailing legal definition of adultery.

Issues concerning finance and property division follow more or less the provisions available to married couples under the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973.

Remedies are available to civil partners in disputes involving children under the Children Act 1989 as amended.

We are qualified to advise and represent civil partners upon partnership breakdown.

If you need advice or assistance, give us a call.

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