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Civil Partnerships

Same sex couples are now entitled to register their relationship formally as a Civil Partnership. Civil Partnership is a relatively new legal relationship, exclusively for same-sex couples. The law is contained in the Civil Partnership Act 2004.

There is only one ground for dissolution of a Civil Partnership in England and Wales which is that the Civil Partnership has “Irretrievably Broken Down”. In order to prove this ground to the Court, you can only rely on one of the following four facts:

  • Unreasonable behaviour - your civil partner has behaved in such a way that you cannot reasonably be expected to live with them.
  • Desertion - your civil partner has deserted you for a continuous period of at least two years immediately preceding the presentation of the dissolution petition.
  • Two years separation with consent –you and your civil partner have lived apart for a continuous period of at least two years immediately preceding the presentation of the dissolution petition and your civil partner consents to a decree being granted.
  • Separation - you and your civil partner have lived apart for a continuous period of at least 5 years immediately preceding the presentation of the dissolution petition.

On dealing with a petition for dissolution, the Court has various powers regarding the parties’ finances and any children.

Should you require any further information regarding this, please do not hesitate to contact us