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NEW Civil Partnership and Cohabitant Rights

The landmark changes introduced by the Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010 came into effect on 1st January 2011.

Since then both same sex and opposite sex Cohabitants fulfilling certain criteria will have access to certain new and important entitlements regarding maintenance, property division and inheritance.

Entering a Civil Partnership will radically change the rights of same sex couples in areas a far-ranging as inheritance, maintenance, tax, pensions and social welfare. However, important differences between Marriage and Civil Partnership still remain.

Aim: Achieve an overview of new rights and obligations of Cohabitants and Civil Partners.

On completion participants will be able to:

  • Explain the main changes in Family Law introduced by the Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obigations of Cohabitants Act 2010
  • Outline who may form a Civil Parthership and how
  • List the rights and obligations conferred by Civil Partnership
  • Identify rights arising from relationship breakdown (maintenance, property division etc)
  • Detail how a Civil Partnership may be legally ended
  • Identify rights arising on death (inheritance, tax exemptions etc)
  • Highlight the main differences between Marriage and Civil Partnership
  • Detail what legal rights same sex couples may have regarding children
  • Explain who may be considered a ‘Cohabitant’ under the Act
  • Detail what restricted rights some Cohabitants may have when a relationship ends due to death or breakdown
  • Point out the tax status of Cohabitants
  • List proactive options available to Cohabitants who are not entitled to the new protections under the Act
  • Highlight the legal position of unmarried fathers re their children
  • Outline how Cohabitants may ‘opt out’ of some obligations
  • Refer to the relevant advisory and support options.

Book now for half-day workshop taking place in Dublin city centre on Weds 14 March. Early Bird rate available until 1 March.

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Coming Up

A Public Information Presentation entitled ‘Making a Will won’t kill you’ is to take place in Beara, County Cork at Eyeries National School at 7.30pm on Tuesday 23 February 2016. Hosted by Eyeries NS Parents’ Association and delivered by Anne O’Carroll of Cascade Training Consultancy, this jargon-free presentation gives practical tips on how to make a will, what happens if you don’t and how best to provide for your loved ones, avail of tax breaks and ensure peace of mind. This event is a fund-raiser for the school and is open to all, but parents of young children or other dependents are particularly encouraged to attend. There will be a Question & Answer session afterwards and handouts will be provided.

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Excellent! No time wasted or needless repetition, there was information conveyed all the time. Also relaxed, no jargon and friendly.

Excellent, I will approach many situations in a more confident way. I hope to be more tuned in.

Very useful and will be used in my everyday work.

An excellent learning experience in the field of intercultural communication. Thank You!

Very very practical and useful in an everyday way. Kept my attention all day!


Well thought out.

Fascinating – Very Interesting.

Very focused. Not a minute wasted. Anne and Sabrina worked well together and are obviously really well prepared. Very enjoyable, more of this please!

An invigorating, interesting journey through dealing with interculturalism.

A very useful insight into an underestimated area of work.

Surprisingly better than I had imagined – fun but practical and informative. Thank you.

Very interesting entertaining and crucial for working and living in a multicultural society.

Helpful, enjoyable, professional, realistic and non-judgemental.

Excellent! A high standard of training.

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