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Dissolution of Civil Partnership

London Solicitor Dissolution of Civil Partnership

A civil partnership is a legally recognised relationship between two people of the same sex. As with a marriage, there may come a time when your civil partnership reaches an end, and dissolution of the civil partnership is required. Our London family solicitors can guide you through this process from start to finish.

The law in relation to the dissolution of civil partnerships came into being in 2004 with the advent of the Civil Partnership Act 2004.

An application for a dissolution Order may be made to Court by either civil partner on the ground that the civil partnership has broken down irretrievably. The facts required to prove the same are set out at paragraph 44(5) of the Civil Partnership Act 2004:

  1. that the Respondent has behaved in such a way that the Applicant cannot reasonably be expected to live with the Respondent;
  2. that—
    1. the Applicant and the Respondent have lived apart for a continuous period of at least 2 years immediately preceding the making of the application (“2 years' separation”), and
    2. the Respondent consents to a dissolution order being made;
  3. that the Applicant and the respondent have lived apart for a continuous period of at least 5 years immediately preceding the making of the application (“5 years' separation”);
  4. that the Respondent has deserted the applicant for a continuous period of at least 2 years immediately preceding the making of the application.

A straightforward application to Court for the dissolution of a civil partnership will take approximately 4–6 months.

Our London family solicitors can advise and represent you in obtaining the dissolution of your civil partnership. Please contact us to discuss the matter of fees.

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