What are the steps to end a civil partnership?
The steps to end a civil partnership are:
- Civil partnership dissolution petition. One civil partner (the ‘petitioner’) files a dissolution petition with the court, and on the petition, they state the grounds for dissolving the civil partnership.
- Acknowledgement of Service. The petitioner’s ex-partner (the ‘respondent’) receives the dissolution petition. They fill in an Acknowledgement of Service form, and they must send this form to the court within 7 days.
- Contested or uncontested dissolution. The respondent replies to the dissolution petition by stating whether they agree to dissolve the civil partnership or they do not. If they agree, it is an ‘uncontested civil partnership dissolution’. If they disagree, it is a ‘contested civil partnership dissolution’. If they decide to contest, they have another 21 days to file the reasons for their objection with the court.
- Conditional Order of Dissolution. If the respondent does not contest the dissolution, the petitioner can apply for a Conditional Order of Dissolution. If they do contest, the petitioner can still apply, but the case may go to court. In court, a judge will decide whether to grant the order.
- Final Dissolution Order. 6 weeks and 1 day after the Conditional Order is granted, the petitioner can apply for a Final Dissolution Order. This dissolves the civil partnership.
Why use a civil partnership solicitor?
Our solicitors can guide you through the legal civil partnership dissolution process, advising you about your rights and acting to protect your interests. We can make sure all paperwork is filled in correctly and submitted on time, as any errors can cause avoidable and costly delays.
Alongside civil partnership dissolution, we can help you negotiate with your ex-partner, especially regarding financial matters and arrangements for children. We are dedicated to helping you resolve matters without going to court, as this can be stressful, time-consuming, and expensive.
We are experienced in managing complex cases where civil partnership dissolution is not amicable. Our solicitors are alert for potential issues, such as the other party hiding assets, and we anticipate obstacles and reduce delays.