Civil Partnership Solicitors Hemel Hempstead


Legal support through your Civil Partnership Dissolution

If you have reached a point where you are wanting to dissolve your civil partnership, our team of solicitors can help you. As with the breakdown of any relationship, it can be a traumatic time and receiving  expert advice on how to handle the Dissolution is very important to ensure your best interests are looked after.

Civil Partnership Considerations

Can I get a Civil Partnership Dissolution?

If you have been in a Civil Partnership you have the same rights as married couples to end the partnership.  This is called dissolving a Civil Partnership.

There is only one ground for Civil Partnership Dissolution in England and Wales and this is that the civil partnership has irretrievably broken down. After 6 April 2022 there is no need to apportion blame to prove this.  

Civil Dissolution Process

Criteria to apply for dissolution:

Before you proceed with a dissolution, you must meet the following criteria:

  1. You must have been in your civil partnership for a minimum of one year, and
  2. You must meet one of the following jurisdiction requirements:

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You can apply even if your civil partnership was in another country, but it is very important in these circumstances to seek urgent advice to avoid a jurisdiction dispute.

Flow chart

  1. Week 1 – Dissolution Application lodged with Court as either a sole or joint applicant.  Court fee is currently £593. 
  2. Other party is to file an acknowledgement of service within 14 days.  
  3. Minimum 20 week waiting period following Dissolution Application.
  4. After week 20 apply for the Conditional Order (once the application is acknowledged by your partner).
  5. 6 weeks thereafter apply for the Final Order.

It is important to note that the financial aspects of dissolution are dealt with separately from the dissolution and you must reach a financial settlement to ensure this is legally binding.  Further information can be found on our Financial Settlement page.

Arrangements for children will also need to be dealt with separately.  

Once you have your final order and your Civil Partnership has ended and you can enter into another Civil Partnership if you wish.

Our Civil Partnership Solicitors will assist with managing this process efficiently as possible.  

The Next Steps

Civil Partnership Solicitors

If you decide to proceed with a Civil Partnership Dissolution and would like to discuss whether any of the facts apply in your case, we suggest that in the first instance you attend our initial fixed fee appointment when we can discuss your options in full.

To contact us, please:

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Hepburn Delaney was established in 2013 by Jane Hepburn and Rebecca Delaney who had worked together for several years before deciding to set up a specialist family law practice. Our intention has always been to provide a niche, bespoke service to clients seeking advice on a broad range of family matters and we remain committed to this approach.


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