Civil Partnership Dissolution

A Civil Partnership Divorce [or to give it its correct name a Civil Partnership Dissolution] is much  the same as ending a heterosexual marriage through divorce. Civil partnerships mean that gay and lesbian couples have the same legal rights as married people, and so if the couple decides that they want to end their partnership, legal proceedings will need to be undertaken.

How do I start Civil Partnership Dissolution?

If your relationship has broken down and you have, sadly, decided to end your civil partnership, a civil partnership dissolution requires you to state your reasons for doing so. Four of the permitted grounds for ending a civil partnership are the same as ending a heterosexual marriage (unreasonable behaviour, separation with consent, separation without consent and desertion), although adultery is not listed as a reason for ending a civil partnership. Click here to read more about “unreasonable behaviour”, “separation with consent”, “separation without consent” and “desertion” on our ‘Grounds for Divorce’ page.

To start the whole dissolution process, one civil partner files a petition at the court to state that they want to end their civil partnership and, as the petitioner, this person will be the one who needs to prove the relationship cannot be repaired. It’s worth noting that, as with divorce, your civil partnership must be at least one year old before you can apply to court to dissolve the civil partnership.

After you have filed the dissolution petition with the court, the civil partnership dissolution process follows the same process as getting a divorce. You can find out more about what happens on our Divorce Procedure page.

Issues to consider

When dissolving a civil partnership, many of the issues that arise will be the same as in a divorce, so please visit the relevant pages on the website if you would like more information. Some of the issues you might need to think about when ending your relationship are:

• Financial arrangements

• Arrangements for children

• Living arrangements

• Making a new will

Your solicitor will be able to help guide you through the relevant issues and support you towards a satisfactory conclusion with your civil partner. You might find that mediation or collaborative law are useful ways of resolving your differences without the need to go to court. Our solicitors can tell you more about this and ensure you have all the necessary information you need to make an informed decision.

Making a new will

Your solicitor will be able to help guide you through the relevant issues and support you towards a satisfactory conclusion with your civil partner. You might find that mediation or collaborative law are useful ways of resolving your differences without the need to go to court. Our solicitors can tell you more about this and ensure you have all the necessary information you need to make an informed decision.

How long does Civil Partnership Divorce take?

A straightforward and standalone civil partnership dissolution can usually be expected to take up to 5 months. However, this will depend on the issues associated with your case – in particular, if you have financial assets then your solicitor may advise you to wait until after any financial settlement has been reached before applying for decree absolute.

Contact our Civil Partnership Divorce Solicitors

Wherever you live in England and Wales our solicitors can provide a sympathetic and specialist approach to your Civil Partnership Divorce -whether in face to face meetings at one of the locations below, or alternatively by taking your instructions by e-mail, phone and Skype video. FREEPHONE 0800 1404544

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