Even though same sex marriages are now common in the UK – many people are in civil partnerships, and they can fall foul to the same fate as any marriage; failure.
If you are a in a civil partnership, you do have the same entitlement when it comes to property rights, pension benefits and inheritance tax exemptions and if you have children, you can obtain parental responsibility for your partner’s children.
In much the same way as a marriage, the process for the legal dissolution of your relationship needs to begin by showing irretrievable breakdown and by providing evidence of either unreasonable behaviour, desertion for more than 2 years in the past 2.5 years, that you have lived apart for more than 2 years with consent of the other partner or that you have lived apart for more than 5 years.
It is also worth noting that either partner can make the same financial claims that would be made in a standard marriage.
There are delicate intricacies to all civil partnership dissolutions and you may feel you’ll be best served by a solicitor that has specific knowledge and experience of this type of divorce, although theoretically, all solicitors should all be able to provide you with the same level of service.