Civil Partnerships

We can’t mend a broken partnership. But we can help you pick up the pieces.

The breakdown or dissolution of a civil partnership can be distressing. For all the legal protection that the Civil Partnership Act 2004 gave to same sex couples, it didn’t make them immune from the emotional fall-out and practical burden of separation.

Sorting out possessions, deciding on housing, agreeing the finances and making proper provision for children. Professional legal advice cannot take away the hurt but it can help take you forward.

How we can help

Our team of specialist matrimonial lawyers covers the full spectrum of civil partnership matters. Their great skills are in connecting with people, understanding the emotions in play, and offering strong support whilst maintaining a cool, clear legal head and a focus for the job in hand.

We can assist with:

  • Pre-registration agreements/financial contracts
  • Dissolution orders
  • Financial orders
  • Parental responsibility orders
  • Joint residence orders
  • Issues relating to children
  • Adoption
  • Wills, trusts and inheritance tax planning
  • Mediation and collaborative services

We aim to achieve a final result that meets or exceeds a client’s expectations and to handle all proceedings in such a way that we minimise distress and upset. Wherever possible and appropriate, we will use mediation and collaborative services to lessen impact on all parties, taking special care and consideration when it comes to arrangements for children and earning the best possible entitlements when it comes to financial and property settlements.

Costs

We offer all family clients a free initial 30 minute appointment.

This will allow us to assess your case and advise you on the most appropriate course of action, whilst also exploring if funding options such as Legal Aid are applicable. Where there is no legal aid available we will discuss costs and identify whether a fixed fee service would be an option for you.

The Civil Partnerships team

The Civil Partnerships team are part of the Family Law department at Howells.

The Howells team is one of the best in the country. It has been consistently highly ranked for family work in the north, and is overseen by the hugely respected and much admired Alyson Siddall. Alyson has developed a group of many talents but with shared values. Tough and resolute in their legal representation, sensitive and compassionate in their client relationships, the team understand that they’re not dealing with ‘cases’ but with people, not bound up in legal process but in real lives.

Chambers UK 2018
Howells was highly ranked as a law firm for Family Law by Chambers UK 2018. The prestigious guide said Howells is “Increasingly active in dealing with high net worth cases and child abduction cases over the past year. Bolstered by a designated mediation and collaborative law group.”

Legal 500 2018
The Legal 500 2018 ranks the Family department highly and states that Howells is “Howells handles the full spectrum of matrimonial work and children law matters. Alyson Siddall is ‘hugely experienced but always still keen to learn’, and heads the department which benefits from individuals based across Sheffield, Rotherham and Barnsley. Siddall is regularly instructed in complex financial arrangements and has additional expertise in private children matters and collaborative law. Sharon Lockwood is another key name to note for financial work, while Sarah Walker is highlighted for childcare matters.”

Please click here to view the family law department staff profiles.