How We Can Help

Our experienced civil partnership solicitors can support you and make sure you are fully informed throughout the dissolution process. If necessary, we can also advise on financial protection matters such as inheritance & estate planning, drafting pre-nuptial agreements and civil partnership agreements. 

Our solicitors regularly provide assistance to the LGBTQ+ community on all issues relating to divorce and civil partnership dissolution.

In October 2018, the government agreed to extend civil partnerships to heterosexual couples.

Examples of work undertaken by our family solicitors 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 pre-nuptial agreements;
  • Advising same-sex partners in relation to surrogacy and obtaining parental orders; and
  • Acting for same-sex grandparents in seeking a child arrangement order to enable their grandchildren to live with them.

We understand that ending a partnership or marriage can be extremely difficult both emotionally and financially. We aim to provide a friendly and experienced approach, to ensure that the matter is resolved in the most efficient way.

Civil Partnerships FAQs

What is a civil partnership?

A civil partnership is a legally recognised relationship between two people. Civil partnerships were introduced in 2004 under the Civil Partnership Act.

What is the difference between civil partnership and marriage?

A civil partnership ceremony requires signing a civil partnership document, and there is no requirement for a ceremony or vows. However, marriage is formed by the exchange of vows at a religious or civil ceremony.

In October 2018, the government agreed to extend civil partnerships to heterosexual couples.

How to dissolve a civil partnership?

The process of ending a civil partnership is known as dissolution. This is similar to a divorce save for differing terminology.

What are the grounds for Civil Partnership Dissolution?

An application for a dissolution made after 6 April 2022 will be made on the basis that the civil partnership has irretrievably broken down. There is no longer any requirement or ability to raise allegations of fault or blame against your civil partner to apply for a dissolution.

To apply for a civil partnership dissolution, your civil partnership must have been entered into at least one year prior to the application.

You can apply for a dissolution as a sole applicant, or on a joint basis.

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

  • You apply for a dissolution at the Family Court through the HMCTS online portal and pay a court fee of £593. You will also need to file a copy of the original civil partnership certificate.
  • The Court will send your application to your civil partner with an acknowledgement of service.
  • Your civil partner will have fourteen days from receipt to respond to the dissolution application.
  • There is a minimum period of 20 weeks from the application until you can apply for the Conditional Order in the dissolution.
  • Six weeks from the pronouncement of the Conditional Order, you can apply for the Final Order. It is bad practice to apply for the Final Order in the dissolution proceedings before finances are resolved, as termination of the civil partnership affects inheritance rights, pension rights and taxation.
  • However, the process can be prolonged if the Respondent fails to acknowledge the dissolution papers or if there are unresolved financial issues.

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 Associate in our Family Law Team

Sarah Whitelegge

Sarah Whitelegge

Sarah is a Senior Associate in our Family Law Team

Rachel Forster

Rachel Forster

Rachel is a Solicitor in our Family Law Team


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