A civil partnership ends on the death of a partner or by going through a legal process known as the dissolution of a civil partnership. Only after the dissolution of a civil partnership can a person enter into a further civil partnership.
The procedure of obtaining the dissolution of a civil partnership is very similar to obtaining a divorce. It will normally take between 4 – 6 months to finalise the dissolution. This can be longer if there are financial matters in dispute.
The first requirement is that the civil partnership must have been in existence for at least one year. One of the following four facts will also need be relied upon:
- Unreasonable Behaviour
- 2 years separation and both parties consent
- 5 years separation
Unlike divorce, a party is unable to rely on adultery as a reason for dissolving the civil partnership.
Civil partnership dissolution can be a complex process and it is important that you obtain specialist advice at any early stage to ensure that your rights are protected. Whether you need advice on reaching a financial settlement or sorting out the arrangements for your children, we are here to help.