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? You are required to have been in a Civil Partnership for at least a year before you can apply to the Court to end it.  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.

A dissolution petition can be based on one of the following four facts:

originalblue One party has behaved unreasonably such that the parties cannot be expected to continue living together;

originalblue One party has deserted the other for a period of 2 or more years;

originalblue The parties have been separated for a period of 2 or more years AND both consent to the divorce;

originalblue The parties have been separated for a period of 5 or more years. If any of the above apply, you are entitled to petition for Dissolution. Generally, as with divorce, dissolution is dealt with by way of agreement between the parties. In this instance, the dissolution is simply a paperwork exercise and will rarely require either party to attend Court.

Civil Dissolution Process

originalblue The first step is to make a dissolution application.

originalblue If your partner agrees to the dissolution you will be granted a conditional order.

originalblue After 6 weeks you can apply for a final order. The court will check that the required time frame has been met and that there is no other reason why you are unable to be granted a final order.

originalblue Once you have your final order 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.   It is important to note that there are regrettably some instances where the Dissolution is contested.  If this does happen, we have the expertise to advise you on what to do.

The financial aspects of Dissolution are dealt with separately and information in this regard can be found on our Financial Remedy page.


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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