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We offer all the help and legal advice you will need if you are considering entering into a civil partnership.

We have expert knowledge in this area and provide a welcoming service.

  • We can give you information about the provisions of this new area of law
  • We are experienced family lawyers
  • Should your partnership break down, we can advise you on issues such as finance and property division

Civil Partnerships

The first civil partnership ceremonies took place in late December 2005.  As with married couples, civil partners are barred from applying for termination of the partnership until one year after the date of the civil ceremony. As with divorce / financial separation, one partner must prove that the partnership has broken down irretrievably proving one of the following facts:

  • Unreasonable behaviour
  • Desertion
  • Two years separation (with consent)
  • Five years separation (without consent)

There is no fact of adultery in the termination of a civil partnership by virtue of the definition of adultery.

Issues concerning finance and property division follow more or less the provisions available to married couples under the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973.

Remedies are available to civil partners in disputes involving children under the Children Act 1989 as amended.

We are qualified to advise and represent civil partners upon partnership breakdown.

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