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Blackstone's Guide to the Civil Partnership Act 2004
  • Publisher :
    Oxford University Press
  • Author :
    Nichola Gray and Dominic Brazil
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  • Provides a clear analysis of the Civil Partnerships Act 2004 and a detailed explanation of its provisions.
  • Details the the way in which the Act regulates the financial arrangements between civil partners.
  • Places the Act in context and cross refers to existing legislation referable to married couples
  • Explains the legal differences between civil partners and same sex couples who do not register as civil partners
  • Accessible and easy to use layout with simpler step-by-step practical guides, makes this an ideal quick reference.
  • Includes a copy of the Civil Partnerships Act 2004
The Blackstone's Guide Series delivers concise and accessible books covering the latest legislative changes and amendments. Published within weeks of the Act, they offer expert commentary by leading names on the effects, extent and scope of the legislation, plus a full copy of the Act itself. They offer a cost-effective solution to key information needs and are the perfect companion for any practitioner needing to get up to speed with the latest changes.

The Civil Partnerships Act 2004 is a ground-breaking piece of legislation which allows for the first time, adult same-sex couples to create a legal status similar to marriage, a 'CivilPartnership'. The Act received Royal Assent in November 2004 and is expected to come into force in late 2005/early 2006.

The purpose of the Act is to remedy the discrimination present in existing legislation, against gay and lesbian couples. It provides civil partners with the same rights and obligations as spouses and provides same sex couples who do not register as civil partners, with the same rights and obligations as unmarried opposite sex couples. It also amends a variety of existing statutes (including the Family Law Act 1996, the Children Act 1989 and the Inheritance Act 1975) and registration and dissolution of civil partnerships and the financial arrangements between civil partners.

This Guide contains a copy of the Act andplaces it in context, explaining clearly how it fits with current arrangements for same sex partners. The Guide is extensively cross referenced to existing statues relating to married couples, to show how some of the provisions mirror or are comparable with the new Act. It contains step-by-step practical guides to aid understanding and is an ideal quick reference resource for practitioners in the field.
Readership: Primary: Solicitors and barristers specialising in family law. Secondary: Lawyers working in PI, Pensions, Immigration and Wills &Probate. Also the Court of Protection, Gay rights groups, libraries and CAB.