I'm in a civil partnership; what is the procedure?
Civil partnerships give same-sex couples the same rights and responsibilities as married couples. If you wish to bring your civil partnership to an end, then you will be seeking dissolution as opposed to a divorce. However, the procedure for dissolving a civil partnership is virtually the same as the procedure for obtaining a divorce, except "adultery" is not a fact that can be relied upon. Please click here for more information about the divorce process.
How much will it cost?
BakerLaw are pleased to offer a cost effective solution to the dissolution process which allows you to instruct a qualified lawyer to deal with your dissolution including all steps from initial instructions, through to the conclusion of the dissolution procedure.
The fee covers all the work required to conclude a non-contested dissolution and includes an initial meeting with a family lawyer, the preparation of your dissolution petition, correspondence with the court and your ex-partner and completion of all documents required to achieve the Final Order that concludes your dissolution. This low cost option provides you with peace of mind regarding costs at the same time as providing you with the benefit of a qualified lawyer dealing with your dissolution and being available to provide tailored advice when required.
The fixed fee package does not include the court fee for filing the petition and obtaining the Final Order or the fee for obtaining a copy civil partnership certificate if required.
What work is not included?
- If the Petition becomes defended, or needs to be altered once it has been issued by the Court;
- Any advice and proceedings concerning property, finances and children.
- Where the other party cannot be located or fails to respond.
If any of the above applies, our work will be carried out at our usual hourly rate and we will give you a clear estimate of the likely costs.
To proceed with the BakerLaw fixed fee dissolution please telephone us on 01252 733770 to make an appointment.
I've received a petition for dissolution; what do I do?
If you have received dissolution papers that your ex-partner has issued, then you are known as the Respondent in the dissolution. Once you have received a petition, a response will need to be sent to the court within 7 days and therefore you should seek advice swiftly. It is advisable to talk to one of our experienced lawyers about the dissolution papers you have received and they can discuss the best way to respond and deal with any necessary paperwork for you.
When dealing with the breakdown of your civil partnership, it is imperative that you seek independent legal advice. Our family lawyers at BakerLaw can deal with your civil partnership dissolution from start to finish and also advise you about any potential financial claims and other related issues.
For more information please contact us online or by phone on 01252 733770 or 020 7842 0800.