At Curzon Green Solicitors, we understand that a breakdown of a civil partnership is a very personal issue. It is therefore our aim to offer a personalised service to all of our clients and ensure that their case is progressed as swiftly, amicably and cost effectively as possible. It is our role to take the emotion out of the situation and assist you in finding tailor-made solutions that will hopefully enable everyone to move on with their lives in an amicable way, something which is especially important where children are involved.
Our approach to costs is open and frank. Our charges are calculated on the basis of the time we spend working on your matter. The hourly rates for the different levels of experience of our team members are competitive. Family problems and relationship breakdown can be stressful enough without the additional worry of meeting legal fees and we are often able to agree litigation funding arrangements to suit your particular needs and circumstances.
Grounds for dissolution
The law relating to divorce is covered by the Civil Partnership Act 2004. Under this legislation, the only way to obtain a dissolution is for the parties to have been married for one year and for it to be shown that there has been an “irretrievable breakdown” between them.
To demonstrate an “irretrievable breakdown” has occurred one of the following 5 grounds must be proved:
- Unreasonable behaviour
- 2 years’ separation and consent
- 2 years’ desertion
- 5 years’ separation
There is a 4-stage timetable for progressing a dissolution to its completion.
Dealing with the financial issues and/or arrangements in respect of the children
When dealing with the breakdown of a civil partnership, it is important to remember that the Dissolution Order itself will only legally separate you from the other party and will not address your respective financial claims against each other. There may also be a need to seek legal advice in connection with the arrangements for the children. Indeed, the work involved in obtaining a Dissolution Order is normally straightforward - with the majority of the work carried out by a family solicitor being in connection with resolving the financial issues or arrangements in respect of children.