In 2005 same sex couples achieved similar rights, obligations and entitlements as in marriage by entering into a civil partnership. In 2014, the law changed to allow same sex couples to marry and in December 2019 changed again to allow heterosexual couples to enter into civil partnerships.
If those couples who have entered into a civil partnership wish to end it, then it must be dissolved.
Dissolution follows the same procedure as a divorce i.e. the civil partnership has irretrievably broken down, shown by using one of four factors:
- Unreasonable behaviour
- Two years separation with both parties consenting to a dissolution.
- Desertion for two years (as with divorce very rarely used)
- Five years separation
It is not possible to use adultery as a basis for dissolving a same sex marriage or civil partnership.
The dissolution of a civil partnership gives each party the same financial entitlements as if a marriage were going through a divorce process.
As part of our discussions, we will also advise you on the importance of making a new will.
Our expert family team at Price Slater Gawne have extensive experience of helping clients with dissolution of their civil partnerships and the associated financial consequences. We understand that it can be very difficult to make the decision to bring a civil partnership to an end.
Our family department has over 50 years experience of family law, advising and supporting clients and their families from all over England and Wales.
For a discussion to find out how we can help you can:
If you are based outside of the Manchester area, we can correspond with you by email and we can arrange interviews by phone, Skype, Facetime or Zoom.