The legal process of ending a civil partnership can have a major impact on the whole family. The firm is very experienced in helping you to resolve disputes efficiently, professionally and sensitively.
Whilst we promote co-operation and offer a range of options to assist you in the process, whether this is through the Court system, negotiations through solicitors, mediation or collaborative law, we will firmly stand in your corner and ensure you achieve the best possible outcome in your particular case.
We will outline your options at every stage and give you the information to make your own decisions.
To obtain a dissolution in England and Wales, you need to show that you have been registered civil partners for more than a year and that the civil partnership has broken down irretrievably with there being no prospect of a reconciliation. In addition to this, you need to prove one of the following facts:
- Your partner has behaved in such a way that you cannot reasonably be expected to live together;
- You have been separated for 2 years and your spouse agrees to divorce;
- You have been separated for 5 years;
- Your partner deserted you more than 2 years ago.
If you have lived with your partner for more than 6 months during the dissolution process ‘as the same household’ then 2 years’ separation will not be a fact which can be relied upon.
The reason for the breakdown of the civil partnership forms the basis of the dissolution petition, which is the initial application we will make on your behalf in the proceedings. If more than one of these facts may apply to your case, we will advise on which is most suitable to your circumstances and what additional information the court needs.
The dissolution process can take as little as 6 - 9 months from start to finish if the dissolution is relatively straightforward. If financial matters are in prolonged dispute, the process can take somewhat longer. Our strong recommendation is that clients take advice at the earliest possible stage in order that they are fully aware as to their options and potentially to gain a tactical advantage in the negotiation of their respective positions.