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How does divorce work in a Civil Partnership?

Because a civil partnership is a legally-registered relationship, anyone wishing to end the partnership must do so through a legal process. A civil partnership may be ended in one of 3 ways:

  • A dissolution order
  • A separation order
  • An annulment

What is a dissolution order?

Similar to a divorce, anyone seeking a dissolution order must apply through the courts for the order to be granted.  The petitioner must prove that the partnership has irretrievably broken down due to one of the following reasons:

Getting help with legal costs

For many people the thought of incurring costs is a barrier to asking for legal advice, even when it is clearly the best way to tackle their problem.

Fortunately it is possible, for those who need it, to obtain free or affordable help or advice in other ways.

Legal Aid

There are 2 types of legal aid

•    Civil Legal Aid – for problems such as housing, debt and family.
•    Criminal Legal Aid – for those facing criminal charges

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