Divorce and dissolution of a Civil Partnership
Divorce is the process of terminating a marriage. The marriage must have lasted at least one year before applying to dissolve it. There is only one ground of divorce which is the irretrievable breakdown of marriage. To commence divorce proceedings you must rely on one of five facts to prove irretrievable breakdown of marriage. The five facts are unreasonable behaviour, adultery, two years separation with consent, two years desertion of five years separation. Our family lawyers will support you throughout the whole divorce process from the contemplation of separation through to the final decision with decree absolute being granted by the Court.
We can act for both a petitioner (who applies for a divorce) and a respondent (who responds to divorce petition). Quite often we are asked how long it can take to conclude the divorce process. There is no such thing as a “quickie” divorce, as most of our client’s will also ask us to deal with their matrimonial financial matters which can have an impact on the length of time to conclude your divorce. You can rest assured that our family lawyers will respond proactively and efficiently throughout the entire process to achieve the best possible outcome for you. We will keep you informed of progress and provide you time estimates as the matter progresses.
Our Services Include:
- Preparing your divorce petition if you are the petitioner
- Respond to the petition if you are the respondent.
- Proactively respond to any interim application
- Guide you throughout the process.
Dissolution of a civil partnership
Civil partnerships were initially introduced only for same sex couples along with the Civil Partnership Act 2004. The law surrounding civil partnerships has recently changed and they allowing mixed sex couples to enter into a civil partnership. The most significant difference between a civil partnerships and divorce is that to dissolve a civil partnership, an application must be made to the Court for a Dissolution Order. For this application, a civil partnership must have lasted one year and you cannot rely on adultery to obtain a dissolution order.
Our services include:
- Advising on the breakdown of a civil partnership and exploring your options
- Applying to the Court for a Dissolution Order and advising you on the requirements and procedure