Civil Partnerships

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If your civil partnership has broken down you may wish to make the separation permanent. Blacks’ Family Law team are experienced at advising clients in relation to Separation Agreements, Annulments, Judicial Separations, and the dissolution of civil partnerships.

After the breakdown of a relationship civil partners have similar financial claims to divorcing couples and our expert team can provide you with advice in relation to this.


Before you can apply for dissolution you need to have been in a civil partnership for at least 12 months. If you have been civil partners for less than a year you may wish to consider a Judicial Separation or a Separation Agreement as an alternative. For more information about the dissolution process please click here.

Separation Agreements

If you are not ready for the finality of dissolution you may prefer to formally separate for a period first. To ensure that your joint financial matters are addressed during your separation you may need a Separation Agreement.

Separation Agreements are bespoke agreements drawn up with careful consideration of your personal circumstances, and allow you to address issues about your joint finances and matters concerning your children.

As the Agreement is essentially a contract, both you and your partner will need to agree the terms.


An Annulment can be sought on the basis that either the civil partnership was not valid in the first instance or it is defective for one of a number of specific reasons. An Annulment can be applied for at any point in a civil partnership and does not require 12 months of a partnership, like dissolution.

The law relating to Annulments is specific and complex and we can provide you with specialist legal advice.

Judicial Separation

Upon separating some people decide to have a Judicial Separation rather than a dissolution. This tends to be for religious, moral, or ethical reasons, or due to the fact that a Judicial Separation can be applied for during the first year of a civil partnership.

Our Family Law team have considerable experience of Judicial Separations and would be happy to talk through the process with you.


For more information about any of the above, or for a no obligation discussion, please email or call Blacks’ Family Law team today on 0113 227 9285.