Civil Partnerships

A Civil Partnership is a legally recognised relationship which has been registered between two people of the same sex. It is not open to opposite sex couples.

A Civil Partnership carries most of the same rights and responsibilities as marriage. There are however still permitted areas of discrimination between civil partners and married couples, in some cases with important financial consequences e.g. in relation to pensions.


Bridget Garrood, a Family Law Partner at Cartridges has extensive expertise and experience in all aspects of Civil Partnership Law. She contributed to one of the first legal handbooks on Civil Partnerships as published by the Law Society in 2006 (Civil Partnership Law & Practice Andrea Woelke see Chapter 9 Pensions by Bridget Garrood).

Bridget was closely involved in the consultation process which led to the Civil Partnership Act 2004. She has written and lectured on Civil Partnership topics and on the legal history relating to same sex relationships. She was invited to attend the 10th conference of Imaan in 2008 - which is a faith organisation for LGBT Muslims.

Cartridges were delighted in 2006 to accept an award from the Intercom Trust (a charity supporting LGBT people in the South West) "for their unique combination of skills, knowledge, dedication and community awareness, and for providing a very wide range of legal services for LGB and Trans people in need".

Cartridges has always been an inclusive firm of solicitors and is a proud sponsor of Exeter Pride (www.exeterpride.co.uk).

All enquiries in connection with Civil Partnership are welcome, whether by couples together who are considering registering a partnership or by people who are facing the breakdown of their Civil Partnership. All such matters will be dealt with personally by Bridget Garrood who is a member of the Lesbian & Gay Lawyers Association (LAGLA).


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