Civil Partnership Dissolution

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The Civil Partnership Act 2004 (‘the CPA 2004’) came into force on 5th December 2005 and was amended in 2018 so that the Civil Partnership Regulations 2019 enabled opposite sex couples to form a Civil Partnership.

Same and opposite sex couples can form legally recognised civil partnerships with many of the same legal rights and responsibilities as those enjoyed by married couples. For example, civil partners have the same legal status as married couples in relation to financial provision on relationship breakdown. They may also acquire parental responsibility and is also entitled to apply for a Child Arrangements Order.

Further, the CPA 2004 allows for civil partners to apply for protective orders in cases where a civil partner is a victim of domestic abuse.

In addition, the Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Act 2013 makes the marriage of same-sex couples lawful.  Therefore, as a result of the 2019 amendment to the CPA 2004 we now have a legal regime that allows both same sex marriage and same sex civil partnerships.

Adultery is only relevant in the dissolution of a same sex marriage if it is sexual intercourse with someone of the opposite sex outside of marriage.  Adultery is not a ground for the dissolution of same or opposite sex civil partnerships.

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If you need some help and guidance with progressing your civil partnership dissolution please fill in the form below to apply for a 30 minute free consultation, where we can briefly talk through a suggested plan ahead.