Ending a civil partnership can have a major emotional and financial impact on all family members. Our Family Team at Curwens can give expert advice about the legal process of dissolving a Civil Partnership, related matters and children issues. We understand the complexity of issues often faced by a gay couple when separating. We also adopt a flexible approach to working with our clients with services available at a time and place that suits you.
A civil partnership is a legally recognised relationship between two people of the same sex. It only exists once it is registered and is similar to that of a marriage. The couple acquires rights and responsibilities similar to those of a married couple.
The Civil Partnership, as with a divorce, can only be dissolved by making the necessary application for dissolution to the Court. Dissolution is a legal process similar to divorce and it is not usually contested but involves a series of documents which are sent to a Judge for consideration without a Court hearing taking place. Civil Partners receive the same entitlements as a spouse who gets a divorce and you can also apply for financial provision by way of lump sum, property transfer, maintenance and pension sharing orders. Financial provision can also be applied for in respect of any child or children of the family.
In order to dissolve a Civil Partnership you must prove one of the following facts as in divorce:
- Unreasonable behaviour
- Two years separation with consent
- Five Years Separation
Adultery does not apply to Civil Partnership; it only applies to heterosexual sex and therefore cannot be used as a fact in dissolving a Civil Partnership.
If you feel you want to permanently bring an end to your Civil Partnership, Curwens family solicitors will advise you and guide you through all stages of the dissolution process.
Please note that Curwens is unable to offer advice under Legal Aid.
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