Civil Partnership Dissolution

A civil partnership is a legal relationship between two members of the same sex who have had a civil partnership ceremony. If you’re looking to dissolve or end a civil partnership, the first thing you need to know is that you must have been in the partnership for at least a year before doing so.

Ending or dissolving a civil partnership

In order to end the relationship, in the eyes of the law, you must prove to a court why the partnership no longer works, and why it should be dissolved. You’ll need to provide proof that the partnership is beyond repair, and is therefore ‘irretrievable’. This is done with the use of what are known as supporting facts.

Reasons for dissolving civil partnerships

 Supporting facts you can use in a court of law in order to end a partnership include:

  • Your partner has demonstrated unreasonable behaviour
  • Your partner has left your home over two years ago
  • You mutually agree to the dissolution, and have been living apart for over two years
  • You have been separated for more than five years, yet your partner still hasn’t agreed to the dissolution

 How to prove unreasonable behaviour

Unreasonable behaviour can mean anything from verbal or physical abuse, to being irresponsible with money, or sexually unfaithful. If a partner is seen to be behaving unreasonably, it should mean that you are no longer able to live with them as a result.

The court may ask you to go into detail about any of the above, in order to prove that this has taken place. If you’ve experienced unreasonable behaviour in your civil partnership, noting down any incidents you can think of, with dates, can be useful to use as evidence. If the behaviour itself stopped over six months ago, you should be aware that it might not be recognised as valid in court.

Civil partnership solicitors

If you’re in the process of a civil partnership dissolution, you might find it useful to have the help of a professional.  Solicitor who is experienced in these proceedings can help to bring about the outcome you’re looking for, making the process of ending your partnership quicker and smoother for everyone involved. The ending of a relationship is a very difficult time for most people, and an experienced solicitor will be able to provide you with the legal support you need to get through it.

How much does it cost to dissolve a civil partnership?

As with any court proceedings, there is a cost involved in ending a civil partnership. However, that cost doesn’t have to be crippling. With some foresight and planning, you can budget for legal advice and proceedings accordingly. Using a free comparison website for legal services is a good start.

Compare Legal Costs can help by sending you a selection of fixed cost quotes from trusted solicitors in your area. You can then make an informed decision as to who you choose to help you through dissolving your partnership.

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