Sadly, although perhaps inevitably, the number of civil partnership ending in dissolution is steadily growing. While the legal process is fairly straightforward, the emotional and financial impact can be considerable. Even if your split is amicable, independent legal advice will help ensure it’s a fair one.
We recognise that this can be a painful and unsettling time and our solicitors will advise you on the best options for moving forwards. Wherever possible, we adopt a constructive and conciliatory approach to the problems arising from a relationship breakdown. For example, we will try to agree the contents of your dissolution petition before it is filed (although we can also file emergency petitions if needed).
If you and your partner agree to the dissolution, you will not usually have to appear in court and you can work out arrangements for dividing up property and assets and looking after any children yourselves. However, our team of solicitors, which includes highly experienced mediators and collaborative lawyers, can smooth this process and help ensure discussions don’t break down.
In June 2020 the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 was passed, which will reform the divorce process and allow spouses to divorce on a ‘no fault’ basis. The changes to the divorce process will come into force on 6 April 2022, and until then the existing procedure will apply.
We will ensure before we work with you that you are clear about costs and where and when these will be incurred. However, getting legal advice early on can avoid much more expensive problems occurring later on in the process.