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Civil partnerships

Human relationships are inevitably complex, both when joining together and in separation. 

Our team of specialist solicitors can help to guide you, sympathetically and effectively, through the process of putting in place a pre civil partnership agreement or, in the event that your relationship comes to an end, of dissolving the civil partnership.

Pre-civil partnership agreements are not currently legally binding, although they can significantly influence a financial settlement award and provide an element of certainty for both parties in the event that the partnership comes to an end.  This can reduce stress and uncertainty at such a difficult time.

In the event that the relationship comes to an end, there is, under current law, only one ground for dissolution; the irretrievable breakdown of the partnership.  That can be proved in one of four ways:

  • Behaviour
  • Desertion
  • A minimum of two years’ separation where both parties consent to dissolution or
  • Five years’ separation if one party does not consent.

Adultery is not recognised as a ground for dissolution of a civil partnership; however, infidelity may be used as an instance of unreasonable behaviour.

Our experienced specialists will take time to get to know you, so that we can understand what matters most to you, help you to understand the options open to you and make informed decisions as to which is best for you. We guide you at every step of the process to ensure it is as smooth and amicable as it can be.

Our typical work includes:

  • Negotiating and drafting of pre and post civil partnership agreements  
  • Negotiating and drafting separation agreements
  • Negotiating financial settlements
  • Agreeing court strategy for contentious financial claims
  • Managing arrangements for children under civil partnerships. 


Examples of our work:

Acted for a client in relation to the dissolution of his civil partnership and financial matters. Following a series of negotiation meetings, whilst our client’s partner sought to ring fence various assets, achieving a financial settlement that provided our client with a 50% share of all assets, including their properties, investments and business assets which provided him with a settlement of around £5m.

Acted for a client in dissolution of his civil partnership and financial matters arising from the breakdown of the civil partnership which included a large amount of debt.  Successfully negotiating an agreement and subsequently submitting a consent order to the Court.


Related Services:

Pre & Post Nuptial Agreements  Co-habitation 

Divorce & Separation Financial settlements on divorce & separation  Arrangements for Children

Tracey Dargan

Partner and Head of Divorce and Family

Kerrie Hall

Senior Family Solicitor

Nina Roby

Graduate Legal Executive in Family team

I have worked with Tracey on a number of complicated cases that required two senior lawyers. Her organisation is second to none, with everything checked and digested and ‘where it should be’. Add this to Tracey's considerable technical skill and her ability to inspire, with justification, full confidence in her clients, and you have a formidable family solicitor.
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Tracey has a realistic approach which aids settlement prospects, though is unafraid to stand her ground when necessary.
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A proactive lawyer who goes above and beyond to deliver the right advice to clients facing personal challenges.
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