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Civil Partnership Dissolution Solicitors

Relationship breakdown is something everyone goes through at some point in their life, but everyone experiences it differently. If you have decided to dissolve your civil partnership, we can offer you sensitive, tailored advice to help you sort out the legal aspects and get your life back on track.

At Johnson Astills, our civil partnership dissolution solicitors are happy to provide expert advice and professional support to individuals going through a dissolution.

Based in Loughborough and Leicester, our clients come to us from across Leicestershire and the wider Midlands area for our expertise and friendly, approachable family law service.

Our family law team can help you with every aspect of your civil partnership dissolution, including financial arrangements and arrangements for children.

We focus on finding constructive solutions to complex and emotionally challenging issues out of court wherever possible, to save you time, expense and unnecessary stress. Several of our team are members of Resolution, an organisation specifically devoted to finding harmonious family law solutions.

Where appropriate we can help you access forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution such as collaborative law to help you resolve the trickier parts of your dissolution.

Book a fixed fee consultation with our civil partnership dissolution solicitors in Leicester and Loughborough

For further information please get in touch with our family law team so we can assess your case and offer useful guidance. You can give us a call at your local branch in Leicester or Loughborough or fill in our online enquiry form for a quick response.

Our civil partnership dissolution expertise

Civil partnership dissolution applications

There are specific forms that you must complete and send to court to get a civil partnership dissolution. We can handle these administrative procedures on your behalf, ensuring all documentation is filled out accurately and submitted in a timely fashion. We are on the HMCTS portal which means that applications for dissolution can be made online quickly and efficiently thus reducing delay.

If your ex-partner agrees to the dissolution of your civil partnership, it is highly unlikely that you will need to attend court.​

Defended civil partnership dissolution proceedings

If your ex-partner objects to the dissolution, we can help you present your case for the irretrievable breakdown of your relationship. It is likely that you will need to attend court, however, we will be by your side the entire time. We can prepare your case on your behalf, strategically drawing on years of previous expertise, to give you the best possible chance of securing the dissolution.

Financial arrangements

You should agree the division of finances separate to the actual process of dissolving your civil partnership. There are multiple ways you can do this:

  • If your finances are very simple, you may be able to come to an agreement just through informal discussions
  • If you are finding it difficult to agree, mediation could be a good option to help you defuse conflict. This involves discussing your finances with the guidance of a qualified mediator who  acts as a neutral third party in your discussions
  • Collaborative law is a effective  way to help couples with more complex finances, perhaps involving multiple properties, businesses, and/or international assets, come to an agreement. Our family law team includes specialist collaborative lawyer, Emma Mitchell

Court should only be used as a last resort and in our experience, it is usually possible to come to an agreement without having to apply for a Financial Order from court.

We can also help you apply to court to turn your financial agreement into a legally binding Consent Order so, if your ex-partner does not stick to its terms, you can apply to court to enforce it.

Arrangements for children

Like financial arrangements, decisions about your children need to be made parallel to the administrative dissolution process. These can be agreed informally or using alternative dispute resolution such as mediation or collaborative law.

Matters you may need to agree may include:

  • Where your children will live
  • How much time they will spend with each parent
  • Key decisions about their upbringing, such as where they will go to school
  • How much time they will spend with other relatives, such as grandparents
  • Whether either parent can change the children’s names
  • Whether the children can go abroad either on holiday or to live permanently

If you are able to come to an agreement out of court, we can apply to turn it into a legally binding Child Arrangements  Order.

If you cannot agree matters , we can help you apply to court for a range of children related court orders, including:

  • Child Arrangement Orders
  • Specific Issue Orders
  • Prohibited Steps Orders

Why choose our civil partnership dissolution lawyers?

We are members of the Law Society Family Law Advanced Accreditation scheme for our expertise in family law matters, including matters involving complex finances such as businesses and international property. Emma Mitchell is an accredited specialist for her work with finances and children.

We are members of the Children Law Accreditation scheme for our skills representing both adults and children in child law proceedings. Amongst our family law team, Halina Patecka and Emma Stanbanks are accredited specialists for their work representing children.

We are recognised for our  excellent standards of client care and legal practice management with the Lexcel Accreditation.

Emma Mitchell and Joanne Donald are members of Resolution. Emma is also a qualified collaborative lawyer and can support you through matters such as financial settlement negotiations and making arrangements for children.

How to apply for a civil partnership dissolution

To dissolve your civil partnership:

You must have been in a civil partnership for more than one year before you can make an application to the court and will need to provide evidence of one or more of the following:

  • Unreasonable behaviour, such that you cannot reasonably be expected to continue to live with your civil partner
  • Separation for two years, where your civil partner consents to a dissolution order
  • Separation for five years
  • Desertion by your civil partner for a period of two years prior to the application

If the court is satisfied that the civil partnership has broken down irretrievably, a Dissolution Order will be granted.

Unlike divorce for opposite sex couples, you cannot rely on adultery to get a civil partnership dissolution. Individuals who want to dissolve a civil partnership because of adultery usually choose to rely on unreasonable behaviour instead.

How long does a civil partnership dissolution take?

If the dissolution process is straightforward (e.g. your ex-partner does not defend the proceedings or you struggle to resolve financial or children related issues), it should take around 6-8 months to get the Final Dissolution Order. Sometimes we advise the application be delayed if there are financial matters that need resolving first.

How much does it cost to dissolve a civil partnership?

We can offer new qualifying family law clients a fixed fee initial consultation to discuss and assess  your matter and the steps you can take and options you have  to resolve your dissolution as positively as possible. At this meeting we will also discuss our flexible fee structures so you can make an informed decision about whether to proceed with us.

In many cases, we are able to quote fixed fees so that you know exactly how much your dissolution will cost from beginning to end.

To set up your initial consultation, please get in touch.

How else can we help?

As well as our civil partnership dissolution advice, we can also help you with associated matters to help you get your life back on track, such as:

  • Conveyancing – we are members of the Conveyancing Quality Scheme. We can help you find and secure your new home quickly and efficiently
  • Cohabitation agreements and pre-nuptial agreements – if you are moving in with a new partner, we can help you protect your financial position
  • Wills – once your dissolution is finalised, it is worth considering whether making a Will or updating your Will to reflect the change in your circumstances could benefit you
  • Domestic violence and abuse – if you need protection from your ex-partner, we can help you access a range of civil protections as well as other support services

Book your fixed fee consultation with our civil partnership dissolution solicitors

For further information please get in touch with our family law team so we can assess your case and offer useful guidance. You can give us a call at your local branch in Leicester or Loughborough or fill in our online enquiry form for a quick response.