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Civil Partnerships

More than 120,000 people have entered into civil partnerships since 2004, since the Civil Partnership Act became law.

At Specters, our lawyers can assist and help those who are contemplating entering into a civil partnership.

This is in regard to any immigration issues that may arise or as to the drafting, viability and enforceability of a pre-nuptial agreement. A civil partnership gives rights to both partners in respect of both succession after death and an entitlement to claim from the other party in the event that the civil partnership has broken down.

Our experienced team of professional lawyers can guide you through the inevitable emotional backdrop that affects many involved in the breakdown of a relationship, as well as providing advice and assistance in helping you arrange your affairs after the break up to ensure the best possible outcome.

You will need to consider a number of issues during a civil partnership separation including:

The procedure can take 5 to 6 months to complete, and after an initial order is made, there is a 6 week and 1 day delay before a final order is made.

Grounds for civil partnership dissolution include:

  • Desertion (one party has deserted the other for two years or more)
  • The unreasonable behaviour of a party
  • Two years living apart with consent of the other party
  • Five years living apart without consent

For expert legal advice and representation in your case, contact the Specters team today on our free line: 0300 303 3629. Alternatively, use our contact form below.

We can see you out of business hours and our offices are located only 5 minutes’ away from Farringdon station in the City of London.

To get in touch with the Specters team, submit an enquiry below or call us on 0300 303 3629.

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Divorce FAQs

What are the grounds for divorce?

To get a divorce, you must be able to demonstrate that your marriage has irretrievably broken down. You must be able to prove the following:

  • Your spouse has acted unreasonably;
  • Your spouse has committed adultery;
  • Your spouse has deserted you for a continuous period of two years;
  • You and your spouse have been separated for at least two years and you are both in agreement to the divorce proceedings;
  • You and your spouse have been separated for at least five years.

How long does the divorce procedure take?

A standard divorce can take between 6-8 months, provided that it is not contested. If a divorce is contested then this timescale will be longer and it will depend on when outstanding issues are resolved.

Do I have to attend court?

If matters are uncontested, and you have already agreed with your former partner your divorce and financial arrangements, there will be no requirement for you to attend court. Your divorce will be processed based on your paperwork. If you not agreed on part or all of your financial arrangements, you will be obliged to attend Court.