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What Is A Civil Partnership?

What Is A Civil Partnership?

A civil partnership is a legal relationship registered by two people who aren’t related to each other. They are available to same-sex couples and opposite-sex couples alike, and registering a civil partnership gives the relationship legal recognition, which provides legal rights, as well as legal responsibilities.

Civil Partnerships were introduced in The Civil partnerships Act 2004 and the first Civil partnership ceremonies took place on 5th December 2005.

The civil partnership was intended to give same-sex couples a degree of protection under the law, similar to those afforded by heterosexual couples getting married and was intended to reward same-sex couples in long-term relationships.

It is likely that the number of civil partnerships that are registered will now begin to fall as the UK parliament has passed an act to allow same sex couples to marry each other in civil ceremonies and some churches.

Ending A Civil Partnership

When ending a civil partnership, the wording for a ‘divorce for civil partners’ is slightly different than for marriages, and is called Civil Partnership Dissolution. However it is effectively exactly the same procedure.

You can apply to end or dissolve your civil partnership if you’ve been in the partnership for a year or more. During the first year of your civil partnership, you can instead apply for a legal separation if you wish.

What are the grounds for dissolving a civil partnership?

You must prove to the court that the civil partnership has ‘irretrievably’ broken down by proving at least one of the following four facts.

• Your partner has behaved unreasonably
• You and your partner have lived apart for two years you both agree to the dissolution
• You and your partner have lived apart for at least five years, if only one of you agrees to the dissolution
• Your partner deserted you at least two years ago.

Our civil partnership dissolutions are uncontested and are filed at the nominated county court for civil dissolutions which is at Bristol.

For a list of nominated county courts click here

If you would like Divorce-Online to handle just your civil partnership dissolution the cost is £199 (fixed fee). Alternatively, if you want to include a clean break order to sever your financial affairs at the same time the fixed fee cost is just £299.

Please call 01793 384 029 to find out more about how we can help you.

Civil Partnership Dissolution Service – Fixed Fee £199

Divorce-Online will manage your Civil Partnership Dissolution from start to finish, including all communication with the courts. You can track your application online 24/7 – and you only need to complete a simple application form to get started.

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