Dissolution of civil partnerships

Our experienced solicitors will always endeavour to resolve any issues between you and your partner without recourse to the courts and to ensure that you are fully supported throughout the process. We can also advise you on all of the financial implications of a dissolution of civil partnership.

Applying for a dissolution order

In order to dissolve your civil partnership, you must have been in the partnership for at least one year. You must also be able to demonstrate that the civil partnership has ‘irretrievably broken down’ due to one of the following reasons:

1. Unreasonable behaviour

Unreasonable behaviour can include physical or mental cruelty; abuse; substance abuse; controlling or not contributing to the finances; or being sexually unfaithful.

2. Desertion

If your partner left you at least two years ago – you have grounds for desertion.

3. Separation for 2 years

If you have been separated for two years and you both agree to the dissolution.

4. Separation for 5 years

If you have been separated for five years then this is grounds for dissolution, even if your partner doesn’t agree to it.

Implications of dissolution

There are usually a lot of issues to consider when ending a partnership. If both partners have parental responsibility, the court may decide it is in the interests of your children to make a child arrangements order for them and you are both responsible for their financial support.
You will also need to consider any joint assets and property, and amending any wills that may have been written. You will want to ensure as well that you consider things such as continuing to pay household bills if you have decided to sell the house and divide the assets.

We strongly advise you to seek legal advice from a qualified solicitor who specialises in dissolution of civil partnerships.

Supporting you

We have over 30 years of experience in advising families experiencing relationship breakdown and understand the importance of listening to our clients and providing them with sensitive yet realistic advice.

Members of the department are accredited by the Law Society and follow the Resolution Code of Practice (which is nationally recognised by family lawyers) so you can be confident that you are receiving the highest quality of advice and assistance, from lawyers who will always aim to minimise the stress involved.

Contact us

Our solicitors will give you sympathetic, realistic advice on the best approach in your situation and how to manage the process in as straightforward and amicable way as possible.

If you have any questions, or would like to arrange a confidential appointment, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team on 020 3012 1482 or email info@fmwlaw.co.uk.