Civil Partnership Dissolution Solicitors in Sidcup, Bexley and Kent
Same sex couples have been able to commit to each other in the same way as married couples can, since 5th December 2005 following the introduction of the Civil Partnership Act 2004. A same sex couple's marriage is now called a civil partnership and the registration of that affords them the same rights and obligations as married couples.
If civil partners separate, they often wish to dissolve the legal responsibilities that exist between them much like a divorce.
Our team can help you through the process, whether you are applying for the dissolution or responding to your partner's application. If required, we will draft all the necessary legal paperwork and will provide you with clear and comprehensive advice at every stage.
Grounds for Civil Partnership Dissolution
The only ground for civil partnership dissolution in our jurisdiction is that the partnership has broken down irretrievably which can be established in a number of ways:
- behaviour by the Respondent (where the Applicant cannot reasonably be expected to live with the Respondent);
- desertion of the Applicant by the Respondent for a period of 2 years;
- separation for 2 years where both parties consent to a dissolution; and
- separation for 5 years.
We will advise you on the most suitable way forward, taking into account your circumstances.
If you want more advice about Civil Partnership Dissolution, please feel free to speak in confidence to one to one of our team or send us a query via our website, or email us
Our service includes:
- an initial free 30 minute interview
- assistance with an application for dissolution to be filed at Court in a petition, or responding to an application made;
- dealing with correct service of the dissolution papers;
- dealing with an acknowledgement or lack of acknowledgement of receipt of the dissolution papers;
- assistance with the swearing or affirmation of an affidavit (sworn statement) in support;
- applying for directions for trial;
- considering application for orders in relation to the financial side;
- applying for the condition order of dissolution to be made final or absolute
- advice on the best settlement.