Civil Partnership Dissolution

To obtain a Civil Partnership divorce or dissolution, you must have been in a registered Civil Partnership for at least 12 months. The law around Civil Partnership Dissolution is actually very similar to that relating to divorce – if you are looking at ending a civil partnership, or would like more information on how to dissolve a civil partnership, we can help.

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How Does a Civil Partnership Dissolution Work?

The party initiating the dissolution of the Civil Partnership is called a Petitioner, and must sign a petition stating why the Civil Partnership is over and being dissolved. The partner and person in the Civil Partnership the petition is served upon is called the Respondent.

In terms of dissolving a Civil Partnership, this must be done on the grounds that it has broken down ‘irretrievably.’ One of these four reasons can be cited:
1 – The parties to the Civil Partnership have lived apart for a continuous period of two years and the Respondent consents to the dissolution.

2 – The parties to the Civil Partnership have lived apart for a continuous period of at least five years immediately preceding the presentation of the Petition.

3 – The Respondent has deserted the Petitioner for a continuous period of at least two years immediately preceding the presentation of the Petition.

4 – The Respondent has behaved in such a way that the Petitioner cannot reasonably be expected to live with the Respondent.

Civil Partnership Finances

Financial matters of course come in to play, and must be considered as part of the process once the grounds for Civil Partnership dissolution are established. In parallel with the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973, the Civil Partnership Act 2004 makes provision for financial relief for civil partners. The Court will make a determination of what a fair division of the assets should be. There are certain factors the court will take into account

  • The length of the Civil Partnership
  • The age of each respective partner
  • The income/earning capacity of each partner
  • Contributions made by either partner
  • Any loss of pension rights.

When it comes to deciding the fair and complete settlement of assets, the courts have a wide discretion and it places principal importance on the interests of any children involved. It has a variety of options available, including;

  • Property adjustment Orders
  • Pension sharing Orders
  • Maintenance Orders

How We Can Help with Dissolving a Civil Partnership

Ending a relationship can be extremely stressful – and our job is to make sure the legal aspects and processes are dealt with so you don’t have to worry about them. We are here to help you by offering clear and comprehensive advice on all aspects of Civil Partnership Dissolution. For more information and advice about dissolution of civil partnerships, make a free enquiry online today.

There is no initial charge to talk to us about your enquiry – if you would like to know more about how to dissolve a civil partnership, contact us today.

Telephone us on 01273 604123 or

Email us: enquire@bbc-law.co.uk

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