Divorce, separation and civil partnership dissolution
You can apply to end (‘dissolve’) your civil partnership if you have been in the partnership for at least a year.
There are 3 main steps to ending a civil partnership:
File a dissolution petition – you have to apply to court for permission to end your civil partnership, and show reasons why you want to split up.
Apply for a conditional order – if your civil partner agrees to the petition, you’ll get a document saying there’s no reason you can’t divorce.
Apply for a final order – this legally ends your civil partnership – you need to wait 6 weeks after you get the conditional order before you can apply.
Grounds for ending a civil partnership
You have to show the relationship has irretrievably broken down, and that you have good reasons for ending the civil partnership.
Unlike a divorce above, there are only 4 grounds for ending a civil partnership:
- Unreasonable behaviour – the basis being that your partner has behaved so badly that you can no longer bear to live with them.
- Desertion – i.e., your partner has left you without your agreement, without a good reason to end your relationship for more than 2 years in the past 2 ½ years.
You can still claim desertion if you have lived together for up to a total of 6 months within this period.
- You have lived apart for more than 2 years – you can get a dissolution if you have lived apart for more than 2 years, and both agree to end the civil partnership. Your civil partner must agree in writing to end the civil partnership.
- You have lived apart for more than 5 years – Living apart for more than 5 years is usually enough to end a civil partnership, even if your civil partner disagrees.
What can Prism Family Law do to help?
At Prism Family Law we frequently advise on Civil Partnership dissolution.
The breakdown of any marriage or civil partnership can be a profoundly difficult time for all involved and we will try our upmost to help in any way that we can.
We know that whenever parties separate there are no winners and that each family is unique and that what worked in one instance doesn’t always work in others.
We appreciate that you want clear advice about how to resolve the issues you face. You want practical workable solutions to best meet your and any children’s immediate needs at a price that doesn’t break the bank.
Our highly skilled and experienced lawyers will always take the time to listen to your concerns and we will always ensure that you are aware of all your available options so that you can make a fully informed decision. Our lawyers will always talk you through your various options including then the availability of mediation.
In some cases, if upon considering the alternatives the decision is reached that the relationship has broken down irretrievably, then it may be necessary to go to court and apply for either a divorce or Civil Partnership Dissolution. At times in truth this could be the most cost-effective way to progress your case and may be required if financial matters between you cannot otherwise be resolved amicably and by agreement.
In any case, our expert family lawyers will always do their upmost to advise and represent you so that you can get the best possible outcome for you and your family.
At Prism Family Law, we know that it is normal for separating couples to experience many conflicting emotions and turmoil and so we deliberately offer to all potential client’s free initial appointments so that you can consider all your available options including counselling to determine whether a reconciliation is at all possible.
Should you wish to meet privately and in confidence in order to discuss your circumstances and case then in the first instance we would encourage potential clients to make an appointment at your convenience by telephone on 0191 269 6871 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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