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Civil Partnership Dissolution

The Civil Partnership Act 2004 has meant same sex couples who register a civil partnership  have almost the same legal effects, rights and obligations as a marriage for mixed couples. Unfortunately, in much the same way as marriages, there will be some civil partnerships that fail.

Dissolution is the term used to describe the termination of a civil partnership, and as long as you have been in a civil partnership for at least one year, either partner can apply for dissolution. However, unlike marriage, there is no equivalent of adultery as a ground for dissolution of a civil partnership, the only ground for dissolution is because the partnership has irretrievably broken down.

We understand the end of a relationship is often an emotional and stressful time when it is difficult to gain perspective on the situation and make the best decisions. Our aim is to provide you with support and guidance through the dissolution process from start to finish, whether that involves dealing with large assets or a difficult ex-partner.

Albeit limited, civil partnership dissolution cases that have already happened show that the same principles of fairness, sharing and the meeting of needs or possible need of compensation have been applied in these cases as under the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 for divorce cases. Not all courts have jurisdiction to deal with these cases and the most local venue for hearings from Bournemouth is currently Bristol.

If you are contemplating a civil partnership particularly where there are pre-existing assets or a great disparity of age between partners, it would be worth considering a Pre-Civil Partnership Agreement which provides clear division of assets in the event of the breakdown of the relationship.  Please refer to our Pre-Nuptual and Pre-Civil Partnership page for further details.

For further advice on Civil Partnership Dissolution please contact one of our team today to see how we can help.

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Sara Gilak

Associate — Family

Direct dial: 01202 755992


  • “I just wanted to say many, many thanks for wrapping this all up on my behalf. I am very grateful that the process was pretty straightforward and handled by yourselves with next to no “discomfort” caused to me. A lesson in life has surely been learnt!! Though I enjoyed meeting you I am sure you understand when I say I hope our paths never cross again … professionally 😊”


  • “From my first tentative meeting with Sara she gave me the confidence to pursue my case especially with regard to securing my financial future... Sara was in all aspects very professional but at the same time made me feel very comfortable with our relevant discussions no matter how difficult or my need for greater understanding. Telephone and written correspondence was excellent I never at anytime felt I was not being informed of any latest developments or progress…. In the end Sara achieved a successful result for me securing my financial future for the rest of my life. I cannot speak highly enough of the service Sara gave me.”


  • “Sara Gilak helped and assisted in maintaining my mother-in-law’s rights and she was able to explain the options that led to the final settlement clearly and in an easily understandable way.”


  • “I would like to record that Sara Gilak and her secretary gave me excellent support throughout my divorce. Thank You.”


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    Sarah Oatley

  • “Thank you for your assistance and patience throughout the whole process and wider experience, it really was very much appreciated. I would recommend Laceys in future, in particular, Sara and her secretary, who were both very professional. ”


Sara is an experienced family law associate solicitor who advises clients in relation to all private family matters to include divorce, finances, children contact and residence disputes and injunctions for victims of domestic violence. Sara also represents clients who are in dispute over property ownership.

Sara specialises in advising clients in relation to financial matters prior to marriage in the form of Cohabitation Agreements and Prenuptial Agreements and as a result of marriages and relationships ending in relation to legal separation and divorce.

Sara provides her clients with clear, concise and professional advice and representation to resolve their legal issues and enable them to move forward with their lives.

Outside of work Sara is an avid diner who seeks to sample the menu of as many restaurants and different cuisines as she can in Britain and abroad and occasionally she will compete by holding her own dinner party. When not dining Sara enjoys travelling, swimming, reading and boot camp.

Jonathan Talbot

Partner — Family

Direct dial: 01202 755990


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  • “I always use Laceys for my legal work, I feel able to talk to them and I know they listen. They have always been professional and kind.”

    Dawn Aston

  • “Very happy with how you dealt with my case. Many thanks for your help and advice from Mr Talbot and his secretary.”

    Jan Saad

  • “Jonathan Talbot explained the process and how things would proceed. He was very patient allowing us time to understand and adapt to our new situation. Legal language can be quite difficult to understand and he would explain what it meant and how it would impact.”

    Rae Frederick

Jonathan heads up Laceys family department with over 30 years experience in Family Law.

He specialises in Family and Relationship Breakdowns, Financial Remedies, Collaborative Law and International Family Law.

Jonathan has a exceptional caring nature and will always strive to find solutions to family issues outside of the court if at all possible.

Outside of work Jonathan likes to keep himself busy by competing in Ironman 70.3’s when he gets the chance – which are no easy feat at having to complete a 1.2 mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride, and then a 13.1 mile run each race!

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