Dissolution is the process by which a Civil Partnership is formally ended.
Dissolving a Civil Partnership is equivalent to Divorce for married couples. Unlike with Divorces, there is only ground upon which you can apply for a Dissolution, this is the irretrievable breakdown of the Partnership. This breakdown must be based upon one of the four following factors:
- Unreasonable behaviour
- 2 years separation by consent
- 2 years desertion
- 5 years separation
It is important to be aware that a Dissolution only serves to end the Partnership; it does not deal with any other issues arising from the ended of the partnership, such as:
- Arrangements for children
- Maintenance payments
- Financial disputes
- Property disputes
These issues must be dealt with in their own proceedings, something that a specialist Family Law barrister such as myself can undertake for you.
Many couples in Civil Partnerships will not be fully aware of the processes involved in ending that Partnership, nor their rights in regards to a Dissolution. As with Divorces, seeking to dissolve a Civil Partnership can be an extremely difficult and emotional time. Seeking the advice of a specialist Direct Access barrister can make the entire process much less stressful.