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FAQs & Advice - Civil Partnerships

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FAQ: What is the difference between civil partnership dissolution and divorce?

Civil partnership dissolution and the divorce process differ in a number of ways, but there are also some similarities. In order to dissolve a civil partnership, a dissolution order must be obtained, whereas a divorce requires a decree nisi to end some parts of the marriage, and a decree absolute to totally end the marriage. A marriage can be ended on certain grounds, which are:

  • Adultery
  • Unreasonable behaviour
  • Desertion for more than 2 years
  • Separation for more than 2 years (requires consent from respondent)
  • Separation for more than 5 years (does not require consent)

Civil partnerships cannot be dissolved on the grounds of adultery, but otherwise they adhere to the grounds that marriages do.

If you would like to arrange an initial fixed fee consultation regarding civil partnerships, you can get in touch with us today.  Goodwins Family Law Solicitors are always happy to help. Our offices are conveniently based in Harrow, London, with on site car parking and accessible from public transport links. Alternatively, if you are overseas we can arrange a Skype call with you if it is more convenient.


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