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Civil Partnership


Family and social welfare

In stock

29 August 2006

Law Society Publishing


Paperback + CD-ROM
234 x 156 mm
312 pages

Civil Partnership
Law and Practice

Andrea Woelke


The Civil Partnership Act 2004 provides a framework for establishing a new kind of recognised relationship between same-sex couples with most of the rights, responsibilities and other consequences of marriage. This enables couples, gay men and lesbians to have their relationships recognised and to acquire legal and financial rights and protections as civil partners. The Act came into force on 5 December 2005.

This comprehensive, practical guide will be invaluable for all practitioners in England and Wales who advise same-sex partners in family, private client and other areas of the law. It outlines all the key areas of the new regime:

  • formation and registration
  • dissolution
  • financial consequences
  • children and other rights and responsibilities.

With practical checklists and flow-charts it covers all the areas practitioners need to be aware of including tax and tax planning, pensions, social security, immigration and housing. The accompanying free CD-ROM ensures swift access to the Act and all the key Statutory instruments.


"This text provides a clear and concise overview to the key aspects of the Civil Partnership Act and its effects on other areas of social welfare law."



1. The new law;
2. The Civil Partnership Act 2004;
3. Registration of a civil partnership;
4. Ending a civil partnership;
5. Gender recognition;
6. Financial provision between civil partners;
7. Children;
8. International aspects;
9. Pensions;
10. Social security, tax credits and child support;
11. Immigration;
12. Housing and tenancies;
13. Wills, intestacy, tax and tax planning;
14. Other issues.

About the Author

Andrea Woelke is principal solicitor at Alternative Family Law in London. He is Chairman of the Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association and the LAGLA Civil Partnership Working Group and has been closely involved in the development of this new piece of legislation. He is a Resolution Accredited Specialist for Cohabitation, European and International Family Law and Child Abduction and a Collaborative Family Lawyer.

With contributions by Bridget Garrood, Anne McMurdie, Barry O'Leary, Keith Puttick and Julian Washington.