Dissolution of Civil Partnership

Dissolution of Civil Partnership

Whilst the decision to end a civil partnership is from a personal perspective the same as the decision to end a marriage, from a legal perspective, the process to be followed whilst similar to a divorce does differ. – The process for ending a civil partnership is dissolution, rather than divorce.

How do I dissolve a civil partnership?

In order to dissolve a civil partnership, it is necessary to prove that the partnership has irretrievably broken down and cannot be saved. In order to do so, one of the following four reasons must be given:

  • Unreasonable behaviour
  • Two years separation with both parties` agreement to the dissolution
  • Desertion for two years
  • Five years separation

When applying for a civil partnership to be dissolved, you must have been in the partnership for at least one year.

The dissolution of a civil partnership is done by the Court and involves two stages – the granting of a Conditional Order and the granting of a Final Order

How do I make an application to the Court to dissolve my civil partnership?

The dissolution process is started by submitting a petition to the Court, giving the reason for the application and demonstrating how the civil partnership has irretrievably broken down.

Once the petition has been filed with the Court, it is served upon the other party (the Respondent) . The respondent then has to complete an acknowledgement and return it to the court.

What documents will I need to begin dissolution of my civil partnership?

In order to commence dissolution proceedings, you will need your original civil partnership certificate or a copy of the same from the Registry where the civil partnership was registered.

How long does the civil partnership dissolution process take?

In most circumstances, the dissolution of a civil partnership will take approximately 4 – 6 months if uncontested. However, in the current climate the usual court times have been affected by the public health emergency and can take a little longer as a result. The first part of the dissolution is called the Conditional Order and the final stage is called the Final Order.

However, most Family solicitors will not apply for the Final Order until all financial and child related matters are resolved and agreed upon.

How are property and assets split in a civil partnership dissolution?

The division of property and assets is a complex matter. We have answered many of the frequently asked questions here

How much does a civil partnership dissolution cost?

The cost is dependant upon whether the proceedings are contested or not. Frequently a fixed fee can be agreed for uncontested proceedings.

What do I need to do to start the process?

The first thing to do is to get in touch with the Price Slater Gawne Family Law team.

Please call Kara Webster or Nicholas Clough on 0161 615 5554, email Kara.Webster@psg-law.co.uk or Nicholas.Clough@psg-law.co.uk. Alternatively, our LiveChat facility is available via our website for any enquiries.

If you would like to speak to a member of the team regarding dissolution of civil partnership, please call Kara Webster or Nicholas Clough on 0161 615 5554, email Kara.Webster@psg-law.co.uk or Nicholas.Clough@psg-law.co.uk. Alternatively, our LiveChat facility is available via our website for any enquiries.