Civil Partnerships

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

Civil Partnership

The breakdown of a civil partnership can be distressing. The Civil Partnership Act 2004 gave same sex couples legal protection however 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. Our Family Law specialists cannot take away the hurt but it can help take you forward.

Our Family Law specialists cover the full spectrum of civil partnership matters. The team are compassionate, caring and patient, and your needs are the most important consideration to them.

Our Family Law specialists can support with:

  • Pre-registration agreements/financial contracts
  • Dissolution orders
  • Financial orders
  • Parental responsibility orders
  • Joint residence orders
  • Issues relating to children
  • Wills, trusts and inheritance tax planning
  • Support through 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 reduce distress and upset.

Wherever possible and appropriate, we can assist with 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.

Free Consultation

Our Family Law team offer a free 30 minute consultation for new clients and we offer flexible appointments that can be arranged around your work schedule.

Advice by telephone

We appreciate that it’s not always possible or easy to visit a solicitor in person. That’s why we offer a telephone service – it’s the same high quality advice from the same experienced lawyers, but with the added convenience of not having to make and attend appointments. We simply take your instructions and advise you over the telephone – call us today for a free initial consultation.

Fixed Fees

Our Family Law team are transparent with their prices and offer a variety of fixed fees. These can be found here.

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 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.