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Ending a Civil Partnership

If you are in a civil partnership and your relationship has broken down, we can guide you through the dissolution process. We’ll also advise you on the other issues relating to your separation, such as the division of finances, maintenance and child care arrangements.

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Ending a Civil Partnership with Support from Aticus Law

At Aticus Law, we understand that ending a civil partnership can be a challenging and emotional process. Our friendly team of family law solicitors is here to support you during this difficult time and guide you through the legal steps involved.

What is a Civil Partnership?

A civil partnership is a legal union between two people. It offers legal recognition and protection for the relationship, similar to marriage. Civil partnerships were introduced to provide same-sex couples with the same rights and responsibilities as married couples.

When a Civil Partnership Comes to an End

While civil partnerships are intended to be long-lasting commitments, circumstances may change, and some partnerships may reach a point where they can no longer continue. Ending a civil partnership can be a complex and delicate process, involving legal, emotional, and practical considerations. It's essential to approach this situation with care and seek the advice of experienced family law solicitors. A Solicitor can ensure that your rights are protected and the process is handled smoothly.

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Expert Guidance for Ending Your Civil Partnership

If you've decided to end your civil partnership, our team of experienced solicitors can provide you with the expert guidance and support you need. We understand that this is a sensitive and challenging time, and we are committed to assisting you through every step of the process. Our solicitors have extensive knowledge of family law and are well-versed in the legal complexities surrounding the dissolution of civil partnerships.

The Legal Process of Ending a Civil Partnership

The legal process of ending a civil partnership typically involves several key steps:

  1. Informal Separation: Before formally dissolving the partnership, some couples choose to undergo a period of informal separation. During this time, they may live apart and consider the implications of ending their partnership.
  2. Applying for Dissolution: To formally dissolve the civil partnership, one or both partners must apply for a dissolution order. This application is made to the court and must include certain information, such as the grounds for dissolution.
  3. Grounds for Dissolution: The law provides specific grounds for the dissolution of civil partnerships, including:
    • Unreasonable behavior: One partner has behaved in a way that the other cannot reasonably be expected to live with them.
    • Two years' separation with consent: Both partners have lived apart for at least two years and agree to the dissolution.
    • Five years' separation: Both partners have lived apart for at least five years, and consent is not required.
    • Desertion: One partner has deserted the other for at least two years.
  1. Responding to the Application: Once the dissolution application is filed, the other partner can respond by either agreeing or disagreeing with the grounds for dissolution.
  2. Decree Nisi: If the court is satisfied with the application, it will issue a conditional order known as a decree nisi. This marks the halfway point in the dissolution process.
  3. Decree Absolute: After a mandatory waiting period of at least six weeks and one day from the decree nisi, the court can issue the final decree, known as the decree absolute. At this point, the civil partnership is officially dissolved.
  4. Financial Arrangements: It's essential to address financial matters during the dissolution process. This includes dividing assets and property, resolving any joint debts, and considering spousal maintenance and child support arrangements, if applicable.

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Friendly and Caring Approach

At Aticus Law, we understand the emotional strain that comes with ending a civil partnership. We believe in being approachable, empathetic, and compassionate throughout the process. Our solicitors will take the time to listen to your concerns, understand your unique situation, and provide legal advice that is tailored to your needs.

Tailored Solutions for Your Needs

Every civil partnership is unique, and we recognise that no two cases are the same. Our solicitors will work closely with you to understand your individual circumstances and priorities. We will then develop a personalised strategy to address your specific needs and guide you towards the best possible outcome.

Support During Difficult Times

The end of a civil partnership can be emotionally taxing, and the legal process can add further stress. However, with Aticus Law by your side, you don't have to go through it alone. We are not only here to provide expert legal support but also to offer emotional support and a caring approach to help you navigate through this challenging period.

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Getting Started

If you've decided to end your civil partnership, it's essential to seek legal advice promptly. You can contact us through our website or give us a call to schedule a meeting with one of our experienced solicitors. During the initial consultation, we'll take the time to discuss your situation, explain the legal process, and answer any questions you may have.

Transparent and Fair

We believe in being transparent about legal costs from the beginning. Our solicitors will provide you with a clear breakdown of the potential costs involved in handling your case, ensuring that you are fully informed and have a clear understanding of the financial aspects.

Compassionate Support from Aticus Law

At Aticus Law, we are committed to being your supportive legal partner during the process of ending your civil partnership. We understand the significance of this decision and its impact on your life. Our mission is to guide you with compassion and expertise, offering a caring approach that helps you move forward with confidence.

Contact us today, and let's work together to find the best path forward for you. We look forward to providing you with the support, guidance, and legal expertise you need to navigate through this chapter in your life. With Aticus Law by your side, you can feel assured that your rights and interests will be protected throughout the dissolution of your civil partnership.

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