Legal help to dissolve your partnership
Separating from your partner is a difficult and emotional time. If you would like advice on separating from your civil partner, our team of experienced civil partnership dissolution solicitors can offer support and guidance throughout the process.
In order to end a civil partnership, one of the civil partners must petition the court for a dissolution order. These proceedings cannot start until one year after the civil partnership was registered.
Under the Civil Partnership Act, there is only one ground for dissolving a civil partnership, which is the irretrievable breakdown of the relationship. There has to be evidence of this from one of the following reasons:
- Unreasonable behaviour;
- Separation for 2 years with the consent of the other civil partner;
- Desertion for 2 years;
- Separation for 5 years.
The dissolution proceedings then continue in the same way as a traditional divorce. Once they have started, either party to the civil partnership is entitled to apply for financial provision which can include maintenance, a lump sum, the transfer of a property, a pension share or other assets in sole or joint names.
Civil Partnership Dissolution Solicitors
We have a team of expert family lawyers who specialise in civil partnership dissolution.
We can also provide legal advice if you are planning to enter into a civil partnership, to protect your position through a pre-registration agreement which is treated in the same way as a pre-nuptial agreement.
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