Specialists in Civil Partnerships

We are here to offer you a reassuring and experienced guiding hand as you navigate the emotional, legal and practical challenges that come with the Dissolution of a Civil Partnership.

Dissolution of a Civil Partnership

No matter where you are in the process, from considering a split to much further down the line, it’s always worth having a conversation with a solicitor.  We are often told by our clients that they wish they had got in touch sooner, so please take advantage of our free inital consultation.  We will help you to understand your options, and the complete process of getting divorced so that you feel fully informed.  If you decide to go ahead then we’ll be with you every step of the way. 

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As specialist lawyers, with over 20 years of experience, we are here to help you with your family law needs. If you need help with legal issues relating to children, advice around divorce, help with making a will or dealing with a loved one's estate through probate, we are here to help.

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We understand that you may be going through a difficult time. We’ll give you one point of contact, an experienced lawyer that you can trust and build a relationship with.

We'll keep you informed

We know it can be stressful waiting for information. We won’t keep you waiting unnecessarily, we will always let you know about progress on your case as soon as we do.

We'll help you to understand

Legal matters can be complex, especially if it's the first time you've had to deal with them. We'll explain everything to you in simple terms and guide you through the process so that you know what's happening.

You are our priority

We don't overload our lawyers with too many clients, we keep our workload manageable so that we make sure we are available to you if you need us. If we are busy when you call, we'll always get back to you as soon as we can.

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Key facts about Dissolution

  • You need to be in a civil partnership for at least a year before you can apply to court for a dissolution.
  • If you’ve been in a civil partnership for less than one year, we can help you to understand your options and how to protect your position.
  • The only “Ground” for dissolution under the No Fault  rules in England and Wales is that your civil partnership has broken down irretrievably, you no longer have to cite specific facts as to why your civil partnership has broken down.
  • You and your partner can issue a joint application for dissolution if you would prefer, or a single application.

What if I'm not ready for Dissolution?

You may wish to simply separate from your civil partner before deciding on dissolution. You can formalise your separation by way of a Separation Agreement: a legally binding contract that sets out the arrangements for your children and/or finances without involving the courts.

Alternatively, you may wish to apply for a Decree of Judicial Separation or Separation Order, which allows the courts to resolve most but not all finances (this option will not dissolve your civil partnership and you cannot enter into another civil partnership).

Some couples attend counselling sessions to explore if their differences can be resolved and whether reconciliation is possible. Ask us for details of local counsellors.

How long will a Dissolution take?

The dissolution process will take around seven to nine months to complete.

It is a good idea to resolve the financial matters before the dissolution is finalised.  This could include property, pensions, income, and other assets. This the dissolution usually takes longer.

Will I need to go to Court?

Most dissolution cases can be resolved without attending court, however, if you are required to attend court your lawyer will guide you through the process and explain your options so that you can decide how best to proceed.

What happens if I am no longer in contact with my spouse?

If you’ve already been separated from your civil partner for some time and no longer know where they live, we can help you make other applications to the court to progress your dissolution.

Why do I need to appoint a lawyer?

Our aim is to help make the ending of civil partnership as smooth as possible. Working in your best interests and towards your desired outcome.  Sometimes divorce can be complicated.  We will work on your behalf to resolve any issues and make sure that: –

  • Queries from the court are swiftly addressed – to avoid delays
  • Problems with your civil partner are dealt with swiftly – for example they may not return the dissolution papers to court or you might not be able to find them
  • Any other required applications to the court are made in order to progress your dissolution
  • Your claims for financial settlement are adequately provided for, within the dissolution petition
  • You’re fully advised about reaching a financial settlement – and we’ll make sure that the decision is enforced.
  • The dates contained within the dissolution petition do not prejudice your financial claims
  • The timing of the application to complete the dissolution (known as the Final Order) is properly considered, taking into account the potential impact of this on financial matters, such as your pension entitlement
  • You are fully aware of the cost implications of the dissolution
  • Any international issues are properly considered and you are advised accordingly

What our clients say about us

This story started back in 2016 when I first spoke to Jill Rucklidge about my divorce. It finally finished
April this year after 3 court appearances. Jill and her team stuck by me through thick,thin and tears .
Jill was always there to listen to me and gave me amazing advice. I can’t thank the team enough . I
would recommend Jill and the team to anyone looking for their specialist advice.
Jill Rucklidge – Dave November 2023

Professional and understanding from start to finish, would recommend to anybody.
Jill Rucklidge – Lee August 2023

Angela has been a pleasure to deal with, through what could have been an extremely difficult time.
She has been professional and very helpful with any questions. Explaining things simply to avoid any
confusion or stress on my part. Many thanks!
Angela Lally – David June 2023

Excellent service!
Claire Trueman – Paul and Ann November 2023

I cannot thank you enough for your care and support
Angela Lally - Vivienne – December 2022

Very pleasant and understanding, did what we wished to do. Thank you!
Claire Trueman - Susan October 2022

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Claire Trueman - Russell and Kristel October 2022

I would definitely recommend Rucklidge Law. Their service has been to a high standard. Thank you
Angela Lally – Eklas October 2022

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Claire Trueman - Sarah January 2023

The level of service I received was beyond exceptional. Alison made sure I understood at every point
pf the process and made sure I received all information necessary to make my decision. I never felt
that I was less important than any other client or case, her time management and customer service
is second to none. I would recommend the company to anyone who wants a fair and understanding
Alison Gaddes - Sarah January 2023