Dissolution Of Civil Partnership

The breakdown of a relationship can be a very distressing and stressful time, particularly if you do not know your legal rights. With experience and skills in dissolving civil partnerships, our family law experts have all the knowledge and friendly support you need during this difficult time and can provide guidance and understanding throughout the process.

The dissolution of a civil partnership is the equivalent of a divorce, the legal process that brings the partnership to an end, and can only be granted once a couple has been in the civil partnership for at least a year.

One of the following four facts must be established in order to meet grounds for a dissolution:

• Unreasonable behavior
• Desertion
• Two years’ separation by consent
• Five years’ separation

Should you wish to begin dissolution proceedings, we recommend discussing the above facts with our team so that you are fully informed and aware of the advantages and disadvantages of each one. Our specialists are also able to advise on alternatives to dissolution should you wish to find an alternative method for ending your civil partnership.

The dissolution process usually takes between four and six months. This is because the paperwork has to be completed and filed with a court that handles the dissolution of civil partnerships, of which there are currently only a few. The process may take longer if disputes arise relating to financial matters, as the dissolution will be put on hold until these are settled.

For advice on beginning the dissolution of a civil partnership, please contact our specialist team on 0800 069 9060.