To end or dissolve a civil partnership, one party will need to apply to a court for a civil partnership dissolution order. In order to apply, the civil partnership ceremony must have been at least one year ago.
Because the process for dissolving a civil partnership is very similar to that of divorce, you can find more information about how it works on our divorce page.
It is important to remember that even when the final order dissolving the civil partnership is received, this does not resolve any financial commitments between the couple. In order to sever any financial ties, you will need an additional order from the court which specifically deals with this. If no order is obtained, then both parties to the civil partnership will remain financially linked, despite the dissolution.
Finances can often be the biggest cause of conflict between ex-partners. However, there are several different processes which can be used to help former spouses come to an agreement without having to go to court; they are:
- Negotiation – You and your spouse reach an agreement by making proposals to each and sometimes making concessions that you each feel comfortable with.
- Mediation – You instruct an independent mediator who helps you and your spouse to reach an agreement.
- Collaborative law – You each instruct your own collaborative lawyers and you all work together in discussions to reach an agreement.
- Arbitration – You instruct a lawyer or choose an arbitrator directly. The arbitrator makes a decision just like a Judge would.
We always encourage our clients to use one of these methods to reach an amicable agreement with their ex-partner where possible. However, if an agreement can’t be reached using one of these voluntary methods, you will need to make an application to the court. We can do this on your behalf and we will support you throughout the process.
How our civil partnership dissolution solicitors can help you:
- Offer you an initial consultation to ensure you understand all the issues you will face
- Prepare the paperwork required to finalise your divorce and to ensure any financial agreement reached is full and final
- Work with you from start to finish to avoid you facing any uncertainty or risks in the future
- Assist you in effecting changes to property arrangements, such as adding or removing a person from ownership. More information can be found on our transfer of equity page
Contact our family team for an initial consultation on 01732 747900 or [email protected]
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