Dissolution of Civil Partnerships

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The Civil Partnership Act 2004 came into force on 5 December 2005, enabling same sex couples to register as civil partners. ​Although same sex couples have been allowed to marry in England and Wales since 13 March, 2014, under the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013,  civil partners continue to be afforded similar rights to married couples.

What is the procedure for dissolving Civil Partnerships?

The procedure is similar to that for Divorce and the financial procedures detailed elsewhere on this site. The main difference with Civil Partnership dissolution is that the parties cannot dissolve their relationship on the basis of adultery.

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Spratt Endicott offers a fully managed service to provide you with as much or as little legal support as you may require. Our costs for handling ​the dissolution of Civil Partnerships vary according to the work required. Costs can be substantially reduced if the ​separating couple informally agrees the grounds to be pursued and instructs their solicitors accordingly.

Court fees are paid when a ​Dissolution Petition is issued. It is possible to seek an Order that the party served with the Petition (the “Respondent”) pays the costs of the ​dissolution, or an agreed contribution towards those costs.

Learn more about Civil Partnerships

For more Civil Partnership information, and for a more comprehensive explanation of your rights and responsibilities, we recommend the government services and information website: GOV.UK.

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For more information about our Civil Partnership service, please email Patrick Mulcare, pmulcare@se-law.co.uk. Alternatively you can contact us by telephone on 01295 204000.