Civil Partnerships are the alternative to marriage.
If your Civil Partnership breaks down, it can only be proven by the ground of “irretrievable breakdown”. As with divorce, there is now no longer any need to evidence such breakdown and follows the "no fault" route.
The process is similar to that of divorce. Our lawyers will deal with all the paperwork to avoid adding pressure to their clients. An application for dissolution of the Civil Partnership must be presented to the court based on one of the facts above, provided the parties have been in the Partnership for at least 1 year. The application can be presented to the court by one or both parties. Once the application is sealed, the parties need to acknowledge the same. Thereafter, provided 5 months have elapsed since the issue of the application, one or both parties (if joint) can apply for the Conditional Order. 6 weeks and 1 day later, one or both parties can apply for the Final Order, the document marking the legal end of the Civil Partnership.
The Conditional Order is an extremely important stage in dissolution proceedings as it marks the first opportunity that a court can review any financial agreement you may have made with your Civil Partner, although, of course, negotiations can begin before the application is even presented. For more information on financial matters and the orders a court can make, please refer to the Financial Matters section of this site.
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