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Dissolution of Civil Partnerships

The dissolution of civil partnership is an extremely difficult decision and one that is not taken lightly. When a relationship is ending emotions can run high. This is why it is important to seek specialist legal advice as soon as possible.

When seeking a dissolution of civil partnership, although it makes no difference in English and Welsh law whether you or your partner files for the dissolution of the civil partnership, this is not so in other jurisdictions. This makes it especially important to obtain legal advice as soon as possible if another country’s jurisdiction may have a say in your case, especially if you are a high net worth individual. Being the petitioner rather than the respondent in this instance may make all the difference.

In England and Wales there is no such thing as a ‘no blame’ dissolution. There must have been an irretrievable breakdown of the civil partnership. The grounds for dissolution in England and Wales have to be either unreasonable behaviour, separation for more than two years (with consent), separation for five years (without consent) or desertion.

Specialist Solicitors for dissolution of civil partnerships

We have a team of specialist solicitors who can guide you through what is often a difficult process. Whether you are the respondent or the petitioner or you are still considering your options we will discuss your dissolution of civil partnership with you and advise you of how to proceed not only with regards to any children who are involved but also with regards to your finances. If your case has an international element we will help and advise you through the processes of the international courts.

We are also able to negotiate an agreement with your partner’s solicitors in advance of the documentation going to court to ensure that the grounds of dissolution are agreed and to avoid any lengthy and potentially expensive dispute.

We can also advise on and handle any injunctions or financial freezing orders that may become necessary to prevent assets being hidden or disposed of. These can even be done before your partner is notified of the dissolution.

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Protecting Your Wealth

Whether you have been served with a petition, are intending to serve your partner with a petition or are unsure of where a dissolution of civil partnership would leave you financially, then our experienced team of solicitors are here to help and advise you through what is a notoriously emotional and difficult process. By using Austin Kemp you will receive the best advice from solicitors experienced in dealing with the dissolution of civil partnerships between individuals with large amounts of wealth and assets.

Once the respondent has been served with the petition (this can be done by process servers if they refuse) then the conditional order – also known as the decree nisi – can be applied for. If the grounds of the petition are accepted the conditional order will then be pronounced in court. The court can then make an order in relation to finances and once this is agreed the final order – also known as the decree absolute – will be applied for. It is when the final order is finalised that the civil partnership is dissolved. The final order has to be applied for at least 6 weeks and 1 day after the conditional order is pronounced but this can take much longer if there is a complex financial settlement, for example if you are a high net worth individual with pension funds and investments spread out across the world. As a general guide we normally say the dissolution of a civil partnership takes around four to six months but can take much longer.


How can our expert divorce solicitors help with dissolution of civil partnership?

Our expert divorce solicitors can help you with a range of legal issues, including:

Contact our expert divorce solicitors

For more information call our expert divorce solicitors on 0845 862 5001 or email

Our expert divorce solicitors offer a nationwide service. We have client meeting office facilities available, in order to have face-to-face client meetings / conferences as and when required in:

Leeds Office: Princes Exchange, Princes Square, Leeds, LS1 4HY

Wakefield Office: Market Walk, Wakefield, WF1 1QR

Halifax Office: Old Lane, Halifax, HX3 5WP

Huddersfield Office: Northumberland Street Huddersfield, HD1 1RL

Coventry Office: Warwick Road, Coventry, CV1 2DY

Canary Wharf Office: 25 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5LB

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