Civil Partnership solicitors

Civil partnerships protects your partner and you financially without the traditional aspects of marriage. If you need advice on registering a civil partnership, our family lawyers are here to help you take the next step. If you’re looking to dissolve your civil partnership following the breakdown of a relationship, our team can guide you through the process and secure the best outcome for you.

Civil Partnership experts

Civil partnership offers an important alternative to marriage – which can carry religious or gendered connotations for some people. For nearly a decade civil partnerships were also the only form of legal recognition that same sex couples could achieve. We’ve been part of the conversation in this area. When civil partnerships became law, they were only for same sex couples. We helped couples all over the country building lasting relationships with our clients.

Civil partnership law

Civil Partnership Dissolution

The ground for dissolving a civil partnership is the same as for getting a divorce: you must prove the irretrievable breakdown of the partnership. To prove that you need to use one of the following reasons:

  • Unreasonable behaviour
  • Desertion
  • Two years separation (if both of you agree)
  • Five years separation (even when there is no agreement)

The breakdown of any relationship can be difficult. You need pragmatic, expert advice. Our experienced divorce solicitors can give you the guidance you need if you choose to end your marriage or civil partnership.

Whether a divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership occur, our solicitors will work with you to understand your situation and the best way forward. We encourage clients to maintain a constructive dialogue, especially when children are involved. We will endeavour to resolve even complex cases sensitively and without court proceedings. If your case does require a court-based settlement, our experienced team of lawyers will support and prepare you for this. 

Formation and Registration

A civil partnership is formed once both individuals have signed the civil partnership document in the presence of a registrar and two witnesses.

Under the standard procedure, before registration, each party will usually have to give notice to the appropriate authority. Each party must have resided in the British jurisdiction in which they intended to register, (England and Wales or Northern Ireland) for at least seven days. Immediately, the proceedings of giving the notice and the will, in most cases be a fifteen-day waiting period after notice is given. A civil partnership in Wales may be conducted either in English or provided that both registering parties, the registrar and witnesses are able to understand and write in the Welsh language. Civil Partnership documents issued in Wales (regardless of the registering language) follow a bilingual English and Welsh format.

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