1. My civil partnership has broken down and we are in the process of dissolving this but I am worried about what happens about the house and sorting out a financial settlement. What happens next?

    The Civil Partnership Act 2004 (“CPA”) makes provision for how financial relief can be obtained when a partnership ends. The court can make orders for: – periodical payments (maintenance) – lump sums – property adjustment (eg. what is to happen to the home – is it to be sold, transferred or dealt with in some…

  2. My partner has parental responsibility for his/her children, now that we are in a civil partnership – how do I obtain parental responsibility?

    “Parental Responsibility” (“PR”) is a phrase used in the Children Act 1989 to refer to “the legal rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority which a parent has over a child and his property”. The Children Act provides for the acquisition of PR by civil partners in the same way that step parents can gain PR…

  3. My relationship has broken down – how do I end my civil partnership?

    The process to dissolve your civil partnership is very similar to the procedure used for a divorce in that you file a petition, obtain a “conditional order” and then a “final order” which finally dissolves your partnership. You have to have been in your registered civil partnership for a year before you can apply for…