Civil Partnerships are the alternative to marriage.
If your Civil Partnership breaks down, it can only be proven by the ground of “irretrievable breakdown”, evidenced by one of 4 facts:
- Unreasonable behaviour
- Separation with 2 years’ consent
- Separation of 5 years
The process is relatively straightforward and our Surrey divorce law solicitors 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 person who issues the Application is known as the Applicant and the other spouse is known as the Respondent. Once the application has been sent to the court, it will be approved and sealed and thereafter, sent to the Respondent. The Respondent will be given a questionnaire to confirm he or she has received the application and, on this form’s return to court, the Applicant can apply for the first order: Conditional Order. 6 weeks and 1 day later, the Applicant 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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