Relationship Breakdown

Civil Partnership Dissolution

We at Ashmans Solicitors know that the decision to end a relationship can often be a highly-charged and emotional one.  Our Family Team will help you deal with your break-up sympathetically and efficiently. Ashmans Solicitors are experts in Civil Partnership Dissolution. Hence we can guide you through the process every step of the way. We offer practical, efficient, affordable advice and are always totally transparent about our legal costs. 

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What is a Civil Partnership?

A civil partnership is a legal relationship which can be registered by two people of the same sex. If you are in a same-sex relationship, registering a civil partnership will give your relationship legal status. Furthermore added legal rights as well as responsibilities.

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Civil Partnership Dissolution: The First Legal Steps

If a civil partnership breaks down, just as with divorce, there is a particular legal process for ending it. This is often known as Civil Partnership Dissolution.  Ashmans Solicitors will ensure that this important process is handled with care and attention.  Your Family Law Solicitor  will develop a clear understanding of your wishes and the approach you want to take.  They will support a conciliatory process if that is first sought. Then move to protect your assets, and, if relevant. Likewise secure what you are entitled to. The courts will need proof that your partnership has broken down. You must be able to prove at least one of the following:

  1. That the other partner has behaved unreasonably.
  2.  The parties have been separated for two years. Then finally it is agreed in writing that the partnership should be dissolved.
  3. That one partner has deserted the other for two years; or
  4.  The parties have been separated for five years.

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What Counts As Unreasonable Behaviour 

  • physical and mental cruelty to you or your children
  • verbal abuse
  • financial irresponsibility
  • drunkenness
  • being sexually unfaithful
  • passing on certain sexually-transmitted diseases.

This list is not exhausted. There are of course even more of the smaller incidents that most couples endure. Similarly if each incident is less serious than the ones above but are consistent. Then this may be also classed as unreasonable behaviour. First of all if you are adamant on a civil partnership dissolution you need to document the unreasonable behaviour incidents. 

If you stayed with your partner for six months or more after the date of the last incident of unreasonable behaviour. Ultimately the court might think that you didn’t find the behaviour that unreasonable. Document everything for your civil partnership dissolution because there will be questions.

Tips For Documenting What You Feel Is Unreasonable Behaviour 
  • Write down the incident as soon as possible. Ensuring its fresh in your mind 
  • Add the time and the date. 
  • Where did this incident take place 
  • What was the incident 
  • How did it make you feel 
  • How often does this take place 
  • Has this happened before 
  • What do you think erupted this incident.

Living Apart 

Living apart usually means living in separate abodes. However this might not be financially possible and you may have to live in the same space. Even though you are in the same space you have to prove certain factors while you are both there. Almost certainly that you have not slept together in this time period. That you do not share meals or even the same meal times with your future ex partner. Above all that you have not done things for each other, cooking or washing for example.


You might want to end your civil partnership because your partner has deserted you. This means they have left the home against your wishes with no good reason. They must have been away for at least two years just before you apply to end the civil partnership.

When you apply to end the civil partnership, you must say that your partner has left and the date that they went away. You must also give the circumstances of how your partner left and that they have stayed away without your agreement.

If you’re not a British Citizen

If you’re not a British Citizen and your civil partnership ends. Ultimately  this could affect your right to stay in the UK.


How Long Does The Dissolution Process Take 

Unlike divorce, you cannot apply for civil partnership dissolution on the grounds of adultery. If there are no complications, the Civil Partnership Dissolution process generally takes four to six months to complete. You are required to have been in a Civil Partnership for at least a year before you can apply to the Court to end it. You are not free to enter into another Civil Partnership until this process is complete. i.e. Until you have received the Dissolution Order.

Our Family Law Team excels at steering our clients through the distress that a break up can present.  Your Ashmans Solicitor will advise you on the most effective and efficient process for you. Therefore taking your individual circumstances into account. We offer and intelligent, sensitive, pragmatic approach. Above all a highly specialised service. Individualy tailored to meet your and your family’s needs.  We would encourage you to come and see us for an initial meeting to discuss your option.

Civil Partnership Dissolution and Financial Matters

If you’re considering a partnership dissolution, it’s likely that you will have lots of questions. Especially  regarding your home, possessions and finances. The Court can make financial provision in the form of property transfer, pension, lump sum and Maintenance Orders. When a relationship is ending, a real concern for many couples is what the financial outcome of the split will be. These are an example of the questions that we at Ashmans Solicitors are regularly asked:

  • Will you be able to keep the house?
  • Would your children need to change schools?
  • Can you afford to pay the bills?
  • What about pensions?

It is important to remember. The Dissolution Order will not resolve any financial commitments you may have from the civil partnership. You will need to make a financial application to the Court to resolve these issues and sever any financial ties you have to your ex-partner. If you are both in agreement as to how the finances are to be divided. Then you can apply to the Court for a Financial Consent Order.

We can assist you with this.  If you cannot reach an agreement, you may want to instruct Ashmans Solicitors to negotiate a financial agreement for you or make an application to court. Only if this is appropriate in the circumstance and that you are comfortable with the decision. If children are involved, you’ll want to ensure that their wellbeing is protected, too. Our legal experts will answer all of the questions you may have. Always providing advice and support to make the process easier.

Children And Dissolution 

Please note that the civil partnership dissolution will not make arrangements for any children you and your ex-partner have together. If you cannot reach an agreement, you may want to consider making a Child Arrangements Order. We would encourage you to come and see us for an initial meeting, so that you fully understand your options.  For most people, a session with a mediator will be best, before making an application to the court.  We would work with you alongside that process. Mediation isn’t right for everyone, in which case, a court application is then necessary. We will support you in preparing for the hearing and at court.

In certain circumstances you may qualify for legal aid. Please see our page on Legal Aid. At Ashmans Solicitors, our team of dedicated, hard-working experts will give your case the attention it needs and deserves. Our Family Law Team are experts in every aspect of dissolution of civil partnership. We can provide straightforward, cost-effective advice to ensure that your dissolution proceedings are dealt with as quickly and amicably as possible. Contact Ashmans Solicitors now for a free, no-obligation enquiry. All enquiries are welcome. Please use the Contact Us form regarding your legal query. Finally being as detailed as possible. To help us answer you quickly, you’ll need to first describe the issue you’re having. Then tell us what you want to achieve.

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