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Family Law

Civil Partnership Breakdown

Dealing with the end of a relationship can be a time of upset and uncertainty. We can help you to navigate the process and support you to make decisions that are right for you.

Dissolving a civil partnership

If you’re thinking about ending your civil partnership, it’s important to get legal advice as early as possible so you know what your options are. Sorting finances, living arrangements, children and other things can feel overwhelming but we’re here to give you practical advice so that you can take it one step at a time.

The process for ending a civil partnership is similar to that of a divorce.

Reasons for ending a civil partnership

The only way to end a civil partnership is to prove that it has broken down by one of these four reasons:

  • Unreasonable behaviour – your partner has behaved in a way that you can’t reasonably be expected to live with them
  • Desertion – your partner must have been gone for a minimum of 2 years without your consent
  • 2 years’ separation – you have been separated for at least 2 years and both parties agree to the dissolution
  • 5 years’ separation – you have been separated for at least 5 years

Why not book in for a free initial meeting?

You first appointment with one of our specialist family lawyers will be free, and we’ll talk through:

  • What the issues are
  • Finding the best process for you
  • Working out who in our team is best suited to supporting you
  • Our likely costs – and the payment options for you (including fixed fee options)
  • How long it’s likely to take

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