Civil partnership dissolution

Experiencing the breakdown of a Civil Partnership can be traumatic. We will support you through the process of obtaining a dissolution of your Civil Partnership.

The Civil Partnership will need to have taken place more than 12 months ago.
The ground for dissolution is that your relationship has broken down irretrievably. To establish this, you will need to rely on 1 of 4 facts:

  • your partner has acted in such a way that it is unreasonable for you to be expected to continue living with him or her
  • your partner has deserted you for two years
  • you and your partner have lived apart for two years and your partner consents to the divorce
  • you and your partner have lived apart for five years, whether or not your partner consents to the divorce

Contested dissolutions are rare and often an agreement will be reached about who should start the dissolution and the fact to be relied on. Where a dissolution is based on the behaviour of your partner, the factual detail in the dissolution petition can even be agreed. We shall draft the petition with care in order to minimise unnecessary conflict.
It is rare to have to attend court in an uncontested dissolution.

Need advice?

If you are considering separation or ending your civil partnership and you would like to talk about your options call us on:

020 7607 5768

Stages in dissolving a civil partnership

  1. the draft petition is usually sent to your partner first for agreement;
  2. it is then filed with the court and sent to your partner who is asked to acknowledge that they have received it;
  3. you will then make an application to the court for the judge to consider the papers;
  4. if the judge is satisfied that everything is in order, a date will be set for a Conditional Order;
  5. six weeks and a day after it is pronounced, you can apply for the Conditional Order to be made final.

The whole process will take about 4 to 6 months but if financial issues also have to be settled it may be best to delay making the Conditional Order final until they have been resolved.

We can also advise you in relation to children and financial issues arising from the dissolution of your Civil Partnership.

We offer a fixed fee in relation to a Civil Partnership Dissolution depending on whether you are the Petitioner or the Respondent

Petitioner: £1,300 which includes VAT and court fees of £410 (the petition filing fee and decree absolute fee). This does not include advice on children or financial issues or translation fees and the cost of tracing or personal service on the Respondent.
Respondent: £600 including VAT. This does not include advice on children or financial issues.

Financial Settlements when dissolving a civil partnership

Settling the financial arrangements following the breakdown of a marriage or Civil Partnership is often a priority.
You may need advice about your home, your savings, your pension and how you will manage financially following your separation.

Our experienced solicitors will give you clarity on your legal entitlement and obligations. We shall explore what your options are and give you the very best advice and support to reach the right outcome for you and your family.
We will always strive to help you negotiate an agreed financial settlement. We shall consider whether mediation or collaboration might assist. We know that you prefer to reach amicable settlements with the minimum of delay and, of course, cost.

In some cases, an application to court is the most cost-effective option. We have the experience and skill to ensure your case is handled effectively and sensitively whichever option is most appropriate for you

Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMs)

If you wish to make an application to the Court for financial provision you will usually need to attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) with a trained Mediator. We are able to offer this service. For more information, please contact us.
Disolving a civil partnership

Urgent Assistance

We can offer urgent assistance in cases of domestic violence or child abduction by helping to obtain protective orders and orders to ensure the return of a child. We are experienced in acting quickly and expeditiously to ensure that the necessary steps are taken.
Call: 020 7607 5768

Our offices are located at: 398, Caledonian Road London N1 1DN

We are close to Kings Cross/St. Pancras Mainline Stations, Caledonian Road & Barnsbury Overground and Caledonian Road Underground.