Myerson Solicitors regularly provide assistance to the LGBTQ community. We can advise on all issues relating to divorce and civil partnership dissolution. We also advise on wealth protection matters such as inheritance & estate planning and draft prenuptial agreements and civil partnership agreements. 

What are the grounds for Civil Partnership Dissolution?

There is only one ground for the dissolution of a Civil Partnership; that is that the partnership has irretrievably broken down.

The court will not find that the partnership has irretrievably broken down unless the Applicant satisfies the court of one of the four facts:

  • That the Respondent has behaved in such a way that the Applicant cannot reasonably be expected to live with the Respondent;
  • That the Respondent has deserted the Applicant for at least two years immediately preceding the presentation of the petition;
  • That the parties to the partnership have lived separate and apart from each other for a continuous period of two years immediately preceding the presentation of the petition and the Respondent consents to the decree being granted; or
  • The parties to the partnership have lived separate and apart from each other for a continuous period of five years immediately preceding presentation of the petition.

How long does it take to get a civil partnership dissolved?

The dissolution process can take four to six months and usually there is no need for either party to the partnership to attend court unless costs are in dispute.

However, the process can be prolonged if the Respondent fails to acknowledge the dissolution papers, or if there are unresolved financial issues.


Our Experience & Approach

Examples of work undertaken by our family team include:

  • Acting for a husband in a same-sex marriage in relation to contested remedy proceedings. The matter involved an urgent application for an injunction in light of the husband's steps to place assets out of reach;
  • Drafting civil partnership agreements;
  • Drafting prenuptial agreements;
  • Advising same-sex partners in relation to surrogacy and obtaining parental orders;
  • Acting for same-sex grandparents in seeking a child arrangements order to enable their grandchildren to live with them.

Based in Altrincham, Manchester, Cheshire, we are easily accessible for clients who live in the surrounding areas including Warrington, Macclesfield, Hale, Bowdon, Lymm, Knutsford, Alderley Edge, Wilmslow and Prestbury.

If you would like to talk to us, in confidence, about how we can help, please call us on 0161 941 4000, or contact us online.

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Our Promise & Core Values

Our Promise

The Myerson Promise - Our Partners, team of lawyers and support staff commit to giving our clients more.

To always give you clear, jargon-free advice.
To be completely transparent about our fees from the outset.
Progress every matter in an efficient and timely matter.

Our Core Values

Our core values are at the centre of everything we do.

We are always professional but ensure that we are friendly and approachable.
We are determined and enthusiastic about supporting our clients and our people.
We willingly take responsibility and can be relied on to be commercial, effective and efficient.

Meet Our Specialists

Home-grown or recruited from national, regional or City firms. Our specialists are experts in their fields and respected by their peers.

Jane Tenquist

Jane Tenquist

Jane is a Partner and Head of the Family Law Team

Nichola Bright

Nichola Bright

Nichola is a Senior Solicitor in our Family Law department

Sarah Whitelegge

Sarah Whitelegge

Sarah is a Solicitor in our Family Law department


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