Civil partnership dissolution

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The dissolution process of a civil partnership is exactly the same process as for heterosexual couples. The court is required to find that the marriage has broken down irretrievably. The facts relied upon are the same, save for the omission of the fact of adultery.

The marriage must have endured for at least a year before one of the parties is able to ask for it to be dissolved. The financial aspects of dissolution are also the same.

There are, however, many other issues concerning children that same sex couples will need to consider on marriage breakdown. Specialised legal knowledge is required to advise on these issues, particularly in relation to the complex areas of biological or non-biological children and associated parental rights.

What are your options to resolve financial issues?

How our civil partnership dissolution solicitors can help you:

Next Steps

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