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    Civil partnership dissolution: ending a civil partnership

    If you are facing the end of your civil partnership, we are on your side.

    We understand that the breakdown of a relationship is an emotional time. Our lawyers can give you advice on your civil partnership dissolution, including issues surrounding financial settlement and child arrangements.


    Why choose our civil partnership dissolution solicitors?

    Tailored advice

    Our civil partnership solicitors can offer tailored legal advice on all aspects of dissolving a civil partnership.


    We are transparent in our costs, giving you a bespoke cost estimate at the start and keeping you updated as the case proceeds.


    Our team of lawyers are all members of Resolution, a group that promotes a non-confrontational approach to resolving family disputes.

    We are here for you

    We will guide and support you through the legal considerations of your civil partnership dissolution or separation. Contact us to chat with one of our lawyers.

    We have lawyers across Devon, Dorset and Somerset. Our offices are based in Bridport, Exeter, Poundbury, Sherborne, Taunton, Wellington and Yeovil. However, we can help you no matter your location in England and can carry out your work by post, phone or email.

    During and after the dissolution process, we can also help you with other legal matters, such as buying a new house or updating your will.

    Frequently asked questions about civil partnership dissolution

    When can I apply for dissolution?

    To apply for dissolution in England and Wales, you must have been in your civil partnership for at least one year. Also, one of you needs to be resident in England or Wales.

    What are the grounds for dissolution of a civil partnership?

    Following the implementation of the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 on 6 April 2022, although the ground to obtain the dissolution of a civil partnership remains that the relationship has broken down irretrievably, there is now no need to prove any further facts. A simple statement of irretrievable breakdown is sufficient.

    How long does it take to end a civil partnership?

    The process for dissolution of a civil partnership is similar to the process for divorce and both now have conditional and final orders.

    The dissolution of the civil partnership will take at least 26 weeks. This is 20 weeks from the date of the issue of the application until the granting of the conditional order and a further 6 weeks before the granting of a final order.

    The 20 week period of reflection is intended to allow partners to be certain that they want to proceed, as well as to make arrangements about children and finances, if possible.

    Once you receive your final order, your civil partnership is then legally dissolved. You are now free to enter into another civil partnership.

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