Civil partnerships afford same-sex couples with similar rights and benefits to marriage. There are, however, some minor differences between the two in terms of legal rights and obligations. If you need legal advice on civil partnership dissolution (sometimes referred to as ‘gay divorce’), our expert family law solicitors can provide initial advice free of charge. To speak to a solicitor about separating from your civil partner, please call 0125 460 6090 or alternatively you can email us .
Criteria for Civil Partnership Dissolution
If there has been an irretrievable breakdown in the relationship between civil partners and the partnership has lasted for at least a year, a civil partnership can be dissolved on the basis of any of the following four conditions:
- Unreasonable behaviour
- Your partner leaving your home without your agreement more than two years ago
- Separation for two years and agreement by both partners to dissolve
- Separation for five years even if one partner does not agree to the dissolution
The family lawyers at Farleys have considerable experience in divorce, civil partnership dissolution and the subtle differences between the two.
Our experienced solicitors understand that it may be a difficult time for you and your partner and as such, will ensure that your case is dealt with efficiently and sensitively. Our solicitors will guide and advise you through the various stages of dissolution, from applying for the initial Dissolution Petition to obtaining the Conditional Order and then the Final Order.
Financial Settlement Following Civil Partnership Dissolution
The Court will not automatically consider issues surrounding maintenance, capital division or pensions, irrespective of whether these have been raised in the Dissolution Petition, as is normally the case.
If an agreement is reached in respect of financial matters, perhaps through mediation or other alternative dispute resolution, a binding agreement can be drafted, which will require approval from the Court. Our Solicitors have substantial experience in drafting such agreements and would be happy to also assist you in this.
If no agreement can be reached, financial Court proceedings can be commenced from the day that your dissolution proceedings begin. Our solicitors can advise and assist you with this process and will always act in your best interests.
Contact a Specialist Civil Partnership Dissolution Solicitor
Farleys Solicitors deal with all legal issues arising from the breakdown of a civil partnership. For a free no obligation consultation with one of our specialist dissolution solicitors, simply contact us today on 0125 460 6090 or email us and a solicitor will contact you.