Civil Partnership

If your Civil Partnership does not work out, we can help you dissolve it. The procedure is basically the same as in a divorce.

What criteria must be met in order to dissolve a Civil Partnership?

The Civil Partnership must have been in effect for at least 12 months.

The Civil Partnership must be shown to have broken down irretrievably and one of the four reasons below must exist:

  • Unreasonable behaviour
  • Two years separation if you both agree to the dissolution
  • Five years separation if there is no agreement to the dissolution
  • Desertion for two years

Adultery itself cannot be a reason, but this may be considered unreasonable behaviour.

What are the issues surrounding finances in the dissolution of Civil Partnerships?

The issues surrounding finances in the dissolution of Civil Partnership are basically the same as for a divorce. For more information on finances in divorce please visit our page on Finances.

What happens to the child of someone in a Civil Partnership?

If arrangements cannot be agreed, both parties to a Civil Partnership can apply to the court for child arrangement orders to decide the time that the children spend with each of them, and for orders regarding specific issues where they disagree. For more information on children please visit our page on Children.