The Civil Partnership Act 2004 (the Act) which came into effect on 5 December 2005 affords registered same sex partners very similar rights and responsibilities to those of opposite sex, married couples.
The basis upon which a partnership can be dissolved is that the ‘civil partnership has broken down irretrievably’. No application for dissolution can be made within a year of registration.
If you are going through a break down in your relationship it is important that you receive sympathetic but clear legal advice. Furley Page has experience of advising on the dissolution of Civil Partnerships.
The grounds for claiming that the civil partnership has broken down are very similar to divorce, namely;
The Courts will have powers to make provision for financial relief in the same way as upon the breakdown of a marriage. The Court may make;
From a legal point of view there is little difference between the dissolution of a Civil Partnership and the dissolution of a Marriage. The Court can make exactly the same range of orders for financial provision, or in relation to children.
The Family Team have been dealing with Civil Partnership disputes since dissolutions became possible in 2007, so we have considerable experience in this relatively new area of law.
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