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 and 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. We have no hidden fees – all enquiries are welcome.
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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, added legal rights, as well as responsibilities.
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, move to protect your assets, and, if relevant, 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:
- That the other partner has behaved unreasonably.
- That the parties have been separated for two years and it is agreed in writing that the partnership should be dissolved.
- That one partner has deserted the other for two years; or
- That the parties have been separated for five years.
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, taking your individual circumstances into account.
We offer and intelligent, sensitive, pragmatic approach, and a highly specialised service that is 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 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 that 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, 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 if this is appropriate.
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, providing advice and support to make the process easier.
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.
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