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Dissolution of Civil Partnerships

If you’re in a Civil Partnership, or hoping to be, you probably know that the law regards your arrangement as being almost identical to a traditional marriage.

But not quite.

Did you know, for instance, that you can’t ask for a civil partnership to be dissolved on the grounds of irretrievable breakdown, purely because one partner has committed adultery?

But most other rights apply. In the event of a civil partnership being dissolved or annulled, the law treats each partner in the same way as married people – ie, the rules on maintenance payments and the division of assets are identical.

The same goes when one partner dies. Any wills you made before becoming Civil Partners are invalid, so it’s vital to draw up new ones as soon as possible.

You should also consider Inheritance Tax planning, look at your pensions, and think how you would divide your assets – particularly your home – if anything happened.

And if you’ve adopted children, or are planning to, you’ll need to consider where they would live, and with whom, in the event of a separation, a dissolution, or if both of you died unexpectedly.

If you’re considering a civil partnership but are living together in the meantime, do be aware that, like any unmarried cohabitees, you have very few rights in law regarding inheritance, property or parental responsibility.

As you will see on our Cohabitation page, it’s not uncommon for one partner in a loving relationship to die, leaving the surviving partner homeless and with no rights to see any children they might have had together.

It’s shocking, but preventable – if you take proper legal advice at an early stage.

We wouldn’t want you to be caught out – so if you’d like some legal advice from someone who’s a good listener, sympathetic, and highly experienced, give us a call now on 01752664444 and we’ll do everything we can to ensure your civil partnership’s a happy one, but on a secure footing.