Legal help to dissolve your partnership
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How do you legally end a civil partnership?
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 2004, 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 two years with the consent of the other civil partner;
- Desertion for two years; or
- Separation for five 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:
- A lump sum;
- The transfer of property;
- A pension share; or
- Other assets in sole or joint names.
How our solicitors can support you with your civil partnership dissolution
At Nelsons, our team of specialist family law solicitors is one of the largest in the East Midlands. The team have many years of experience in dealing with civil partnership dissolution cases and our experience ensures that we will give you the best advice about your circumstances, as well as support you throughout the dissolution process.
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.
Our team of family law solicitors includes:
- Resolution Accredited Specialists
- Law Society Family Panel & Advanced Family Panel members
- Law Society Children Panel Members
Our team was also shortlisted for the ‘Family Law Firm of the Year: Midlands and Wales’ award at the Family Law Awards 2021.
For further advice regarding the dissolution of a civil partnership, please contact our specialist team of family law solicitors in Derby, Leicester and Nottingham on 0800 024 1976 or via our online enquiry form to see how we can help.
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