Civil Partnership Dissolution

A Civil Partnership Dissolution can be a tribulating time; the breakdown of a relationship can cause pressure on family members and children. 

Here at VM Family Law, we provide legal advice and guidance on Civil Partnership Dissolution. We listen to your circumstances and help select the best plan for your relationship and family. 

What is a civil partnership dissolution?

A civil partnership dissolution is essentially the ending of a civil partnership, which is a civil union between two individuals. 

Depending on which country you live in, the legal proceedings can be different, as rules in England and Wales are different to those in Northern Ireland and Scotland. 

VM Family Law can provide information on obtaining a dissolution in England & Wales and give the options available to you in an easy-to-understand language.

Is civil partnership dissolution the same as divorce?

Civil partnership dissolution is similar to a divorce. Civil partnership couples have the same rights as married couples.

If you have decided on a divorce or dissolution, then you would have to be married or in a civil partnership for at least a year before you can start court proceedings.

There is only one ground for divorce and that is that the marriage has irretrievably broken down.

What are the grounds for civil partnership dissolution?

The only ground for dissolution is that the partnership has broken down irretrievably.

How soon can I apply for a civil partnership dissolution?

You can apply to the court to dissolve a civil partnership if you have been in the partnership for over a year. 

You can get a legal separation within the first year of a civil partnership – this allows you to separate without ending the civil partnership. You may need time and space to decide whether to end the civil partnership. 

How long does it take to get a civil partnership dissolution order?

If the relationship ends amicably, a civil partnership dissolution order should only take 6 months from the date of issue.

How much does it cost to dissolve a civil partnership?

There are various costs associated with civil partnership dissolution, but one of the main fees is the Court fee, which is currently £593.  

At VM Family Law, we offer an initial free appointment of up to 1 hour with an experienced family lawyer to ensure you receive bespoke advice from that first meeting.

If you need expert guidance with your dissolution, we will guide you every step of the way as there may well be other issues to consider, such as the arrangements for any children and the obtaining of a financial settlement. We will be transparent on fees, regularly updating you with ongoing costs.

How to apply for a civil partnership dissolution.

Applying for civil partnership dissolution can be heartbreaking and overwhelming for many families. Here at VM Family Law, we work with you to understand your needs and provide expert-tailored advice to suit you. 

We’ll help you throughout the entire process of ending a civil partnership, making the necessary steps much easier to digest.

Civil partnership dissolution application

You will need a copy of your civil partnership certificate. If your certificate is not in English, then this will need to be translated and the translation included in your application. 

You can apply for the application solely or jointly. Your contact details can also be kept confidential from your civil partner.

If you need help and guidance with the application, we can guide you through every step of the process and provide support throughout the dissolution application.

Civil partnership dissolution financial settlement

The dissolution of a Civil Partnership does not end financial claims and therefore it is important to consider a financial settlement as part of the dissolution process. 

There are different ways of reaching a financial settlement, such as by having discussions between yourselves or with the aid of a mediator or via solicitors or in court proceedings.  

Speak to a professional at VM Family Law regarding the best options to obtain a financial settlement. We will connect you with like-minded professionals when required with the same ethics as VM Family Law, who will be able to assist you in your financial settlement and ensure that any settlement is embodied in a court order so that it is legally binding.

Our goal is to help our clients solve their family legal matters as smoothly as possible.

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