Civil Partnerships

Same-sex couples are now permitted to legally marry, but there are still many couples who decide to take the civil partnership route. Whether a same sex marriage or civil partnership, I can offer legal advice at reasonable fees to protect your legal position


Civil Partnership Dissolution 

If you have entered into a civil partnership, and the relationship has broken down, you can apply to the court to have the partnership dissolved.

The dissolution of a civil partnership essentially mirrors that of the divorce process, although different terminology is used. As with a divorce, you will still be entitled to apply for financial provision (lump sum orders, transfers of property, payment of maintenance etc.).

Civil Partnership Or Divorce? 

One major difference between dissolution and divorce is that of the facts you rely upon when making such an application. Adultery is a fact that can be relied upon within divorce proceedings, but this is not the case within the dissolution process. If your partner has been unfaithful, then this can still be utilized as a means to dissolve the marriage, although it would instead fall under the ground of unreasonable behavior. 


Dissolving A Civil Partnership 

The grounds you can rely upon to apply for the dissolution of a civil partnership are:

1.     Desertion for a period of 2 years or more

2.     Separation for a period of 2 years, with the consent of your partner

3.     Separation for a period of 5 years

4.     Unreasonable behaviour