PersonalCivil partnership dissolution

It is inevitable that some civil partnerships will break down. Since 2006 same sex couples have been able to formally register their relationship as a civil partnership, a legal status similar to marriage. This also means that if the relationship comes to an end you need to follow legal procedures similar to those for divorce.

During a time when you are under emotional and personal strain, we will help you make sound legal decisions. Whether you want to start dissolution proceedings or have received dissolution papers, we will help you decide the next steps.

Family finances

Separating your finances after your relationship breaks down can be complicated. You may need to consider claims for:

  • Maintenance
  • Transfers or sales of property
  • Dividing capital assets
  • Pension sharing orders

Other considerations

The court has a duty to be fair to both parties so they will also need to consider:

  • The welfare of any children under the age of 18
  • Whether a ‘clean break’ is required

Voluntary agreement

Where possible we encourage you to resolve financial issues amicably without going to court. This is quicker, less stressful and will incur lower legal costs. When you have reached an agreement, we will prepare a Consent Order to make it legally binding.

You can still come to a voluntary agreement even after court proceedings have started.

Download our Information sheet on civil partnership dissolution.