Family Law Solicitors

Civil Partnership Dissolution Solicitors

Experiencing the breakdown of a relationship is never easy, and when you’re going through a trying time, arranging the associated legal tasks can feel rather challenging. Our civil partnership dissolution solicitors can assist you to arrange the legal practicalities whilst safeguarding your interests, dissolving your partnership as quickly as possible.

At Laker Legal we have plenty of experience helping couples to end civil partnerships. We always do all that we can to guide clients toward swift and amicable resolutions. When you work with our legal team, you’ll receive honest, sensitive, and practical advice based on the individual circumstances of your case.

Our civil partnership solicitors can offer full support on matters including:

  • Civil partnership dissolution applications
  • Organising child arrangements
  • Arranging your finances

Contact our Civil Partnership Dissolution Solicitors in Preston, Lancaster, Maidstone, Bath and York.

If you require support to end a civil partnership, please get in touch with our expert team. Our head office is located in Lancaster, yet we also have offices in Maidstone and Preston as well as in Bath, York and Kings Hill, for your convenience.

Simply complete our online contact form to request a call back. Our specialist lawyers can offer advice online via video conferencing, by phone or at one of our offices.

Civil Partnership Dissolution Services

Civil Partnership Dissolution Applications

If you have decided to dissolve your partnership, our lawyers can assist you with your civil partnership dissolution application. Our team can assist clients through all the necessary stages, such as:

  • Guidance to complete the application forms, whether making a joint application with your ex-partner, or applying as an individual
  • Assistance to organise legal matters regarding finances and any children
  • Assistance to obtain a Conditional Order
  • Support to obtain a Final Order (which makes the dissolution legal binding)

Organising child arrangements

Dissolving a civil partnership can be all the more complicated if children are involved. You’ll need to decide where they will live, and how their living expenses will be paid for.

Our civil partnership dissolution solicitors can support clients with mediation sessions. These sessions are useful to discuss where children will live, whether with one parent or if child care will be split between both.

If parents struggle to agree on these matters, we can offer support to apply for to the Family Court for a Child Arrangements Order.

We can also provide assistance with other child law matters, such as:

  • Agreeing on child maintenance
  • Settling disputes regarding your children’s upbringing
  • Applying for a Prohibited Steps Order
  • Applying for a Specific Issue Order

Arranging your finances

One of the most important aspects of civil partnership dissolution is arranging your finances. The likelihood is that your finances are interweaved with those of your ex-partner. You’ll need to establish what rightfully belongs to who including property, assets, savings, and pensions, as well as who is liable for any debts.

Naturally, dividing finances can sometimes be complex. Many couples will need legal support to reach a voluntary financial settlement, or where there are disputes, to apply to the Court for a financial order.

Our expert civil partnership solicitors can offer full legal support in either case, supporting clients to untangle their finances as amicably as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions About Civil Partnership Dissolution

How do you end a civil partnership?

To end a civil partnership, you’ll need to complete a civil partnership dissolution application (form D8), stating that the relationship has irretrievably broken down. The form can be accessed on the UK gov website; however, it is advisable that you have the support of a civil partnership lawyer before proceeding.

Once the Court has received the application you will need to wait for 20 weeks before you can apply for a Conditional Order.

After receiving the Conditional Order, and waiting a further 6 weeks, you will be eligible to apply for a Final Order, (which legally ends the civil partnership).

How long does a civil partnership dissolution take?

On average, the dissolution of a civil partnership takes around 6 months, however, the process can take longer if there are complicated child care or financial matters to arrange.

What are the grounds for civil partnership dissolution?

The grounds for civil partnership dissolution are:

  • The couple must have been in the civil partnership for at least a year
  • The relationship has broken down irretrievably

How much does it cost to dissolve a civil partnership?

The fee to end a civil partnership is £593. However this does not include solicitors’ fees to support clients through the legal procedures.

Once our solicitors have an understanding of your needs awe can provide information on fixed or hourly rate fees.

Can my ex-partner dispute the dissolution of our civil partnership?

Where one partner does not wish to end the civil partnership, they will not be able to dispute it, besides in very limited circumstances, including:

  • With the claim that the civil partnership was not originally valid
  • With the claim that the Court does not have the jurisdiction to deal with their case

Contact our Civil Partnership Dissolution Solicitors in Preston, Lancaster, and Maidstone

If you require advice support to end a civil partnership, please get in touch with our civil partnership solicitors. Our head office is located in Lancaster, yet we also have offices in Maidstone and Preston as well as offices Bath, York and Kings Hill, for your convenience.

Simply complete our online contact form to request a call back. Our civil partnership lawyers can offer advice online via video conferencing, by phone or at one of our offices.


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