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What our clients say…

Although there were complications in the process, Julian Taylor and the team were helpful, professional and communicative throughout my divorce proceedings. They made sure I knew what the next steps were at each part of the process and made sure I was fully informed every step of the way. They were also very proactive in following up paperwork with the other solicitors on my behalf.

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Expert help with divorce and dissolution of Civil Partnership

When a relationship comes to an end, it’s natural that your thoughts turn to sorting out arrangements for your children, what will happen to your home, or how you will cope financially. Divorce and dissolution can be tough, but the good news is our family lawyers can help you through it.

Whether you’ve taken the decision to begin divorce proceedings, or are on the receiving end of a divorce petition, we can help. We’re on hand with constructive advice and support throughout the divorce process, helping to make sure the dissolution or divorce run as smoothly as possible.

Divorce: the basics

To start divorce proceedings, one party must be satisfied the marriage has irretrievably broken down. You must state in the divorce proceedings that one of the five facts below has occurred:

  1. That your spouse has committed adultery and you would find it intolerable to live with them
  2. That your spouse has behaved in such a way that you cannot reasonably be expected to live with them
  3. That your spouse has deserted you for a period of more than two years
  4. That you and your spouse have been separated for more than two years and your spouse consents to a divorce
  5. That you and your spouse have been separated for more than five years

Couples with Children

You may need to make arrangements for your children if you divorce.

Timescale for divorce

It’s difficult to estimate how long divorce will take, as each court works to different timescales. Currently, we’re experiencing delays in many courts, but without delays we would anticipate conducting a divorce in approximately six months.

Free half-hour consultation

We offer a free 30-minute consultation with a family lawyer in Wakefield, Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield, Honley, Dewsbury, Pontefract, Knaresborough, Boston Spa or York, allowing you to explain your situation and discuss the options for your divorce with a specialist.

Dissolution of Civil Partnership: the basics

Since October 2005, the union of two people of the same sex in the form of a civil partnership has been legally recognised within the United Kingdom. Unfortunately, some of these unions will break down –  if this happens, it’s important to seek specialist legal advice to ensure your best interests are looked after.

In order to dissolve a civil partnership, at least one party needs to be satisfied that the civil partnership has irretrievably broken down. To start proceedings to dissolve your civil partnership, you must state in the dissolution petition that one of the following has occurred:

  • Unreasonable behaviour, which could include being sexually unfaithful, physical, psychological or verbal abuse, or any other behaviour that would mean you could no longer bear to live with them
  • Desertion – that your partner has left you and that, as a result, they have ended your relationship. Even if you’ve lived together for up to six months in the past two and a half years, you can still claim desertion
  • That you’ve lived apart for more than two years and both agree to a dissolution. If both agree to end the civil partnership, a dissolution can be obtained after a period of two years’ separation. Your civil partner must agree to the dissolution in writing
  • You have lived apart for more than five years. A period of five years’ separation is generally sufficient to bring a civil partnership to an end whether or not your civil partner agrees to the dissolution

Adultery and dissolution of civil partnerships

The grounds for dissolution of a civil partnership are very like those that can be given by heterosexual couples in petitions for divorce. There is one exception, which is that adultery cannot be used as grounds for dissolution of a civil partnership. In a legal sense, adultery is a term that refers to heterosexual sex only. For this reason, where one partner being unfaithful is the reason for the breakdown of a civil partnership, the grounds for dissolution would, in legal terms, have to be unreasonable behaviour.

Couples with Children

You may need to make arrangements for your children if you divorce.

Timescale for dissolution of civil partnership

Like the divorce process, it’s difficult to estimate how long the dissolution will take, as each court works to a very different timescale. As it stands, we’re experiencing delays in many courts. Without delays, we would anticipate a timescale of around six months.

An evolving area of law

It’s important to remember that the law in relation to the dissolution of civil partnership has not yet been well tested through the courts, and is likely to develop and become clearer over time. For this reason, the advice we would offer to civil partners seeking a dissolution would be similar to the advice we would offer to divorcing or separating married couples.

If you’d like to talk to one of our family lawyers about divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership, arrange your free half-hour consultation at our offices in Wakefield, Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield, Honley, Dewsbury, Pontefract, Knaresborough, Boston Spa or York.

Call 0800 138 0458, or send us a message using our contact form and we’ll get back to you.

 

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