FAQs: Civil partnership break ups and the division of assets

 

How are assets divided when a civil partnership ends?

Civil partners have much the same rights and responsibilities as married couples. When a civil partnership comes to an end, the assets of the couple will be divided in the same way. The court takes into account a range of factors, including the contributions made by each party and the future needs of each of the parties, taking into account any children of the relationship.

What happens to the couple’s home?

The couple can work out who will live in the home and who will move out. If they can’t come to an agreement, they can apply to the court for the court to decide. The court can make some short-term orders about the home, such as allowing one party to live in the home and/or prohibiting the other party from entering the home. If the party who remains in the home refuses to let the other party enter the home to collect their belongings, the court can make an order to this effect.

Does the couple have to financially support each other?

Civil partners have the same obligations to financially support each other as do married couples. When the civil partnership comes to an end the parties should agree on who will pay what bills, etc. This is particularly important if there are children of the relationship. If they cannot agree, the courts and the Child Support Agency can make orders.

Can a lump sum be paid to settle financial affairs?

The court may order either a lump-sum payment or ongoing payments in settlement of property. If there are children of the relationship, each party remains responsible for contributing to the child’s maintenance.

Can the couple make an informal agreement?

If civil partners are able to agree on matters to do with their finances, the home and the care of children, they can draw this up into a separation agreement. It is advisable to talk to a lawyer if you are unsure of your obligations. Mediation may also help to reach agreement on contentious issues with the help of an independent third party.

Do you want expert legal advice? Call us on 0800 1777 162 and let our dedicated case handlers match you to the best solicitor for your needs.

Call
0800 1777 162
or fill in the form
Our trained advisor contacts you
Your chosen specialist solicitor calls you
Quick enquiry form
Area of law:
Name:
Town/City:
Email:
Phone:
What our clients say about us
"This was the first time I've been to court, which was a nerve-racking experience for me. However, I felt very prepared, I understood my case and representation - this was down to you."
Gavin, criminal motoring, Oct 15
"Your service, and the prompt call back from your recommended firm was very good. I would not hesitate to call again or recommend your service."
Ian, employment law, Truro, July 15
"The firm were excellent, could not have been better! They are exactly what I need right now."
Linda, criminal defence, Thames Ditton, Jul 15
"Your contact and service was immediate and utmost professional, 10/10."
TF, conveyancing, Dudley, Jun 15
"I appreciate the service that you provide. I found you to be courteous, efficient and reassuring at a time when my confidence in justice is completely negative."
Patrick, litigation, Pontypridd, Jun 15
"I cannot tell you how much I appreciate the speed of which you came back to me in. If anyone else can benefit from your help like I have done, it would make my day."
Gail M, family law, Potters Bar, Jun 15
"Your assistance was extremely helpful. Particularly to someone who in 40 years of business has never experienced this sort of issue."
TD, commercial litigation, Galashiels, Apr 15
"It is difficult to express the value Contact Law has to someone like me who had very little understanding of the law and how to proceed forward with my case. Thank you for the service you provided."
AE, defamation law, Worthing, Apr 15
"Thank you for the efficient service I received. I was contacted by your solicitor on the same day as my request. Your quick response to my situation made me feel secure."
AN, employment law, London, Apr 15
"Your service was excellent, very fast and informative. I never got the impression of being pressurised at all. The solicitor you recommended was also excellent – very knowledgeable and supportive."
JHD, Motoring law, Liverpool, Apr 15
Contact Law supports the endeavours of STAE and commends all the work they are undertaking to assist in the plight of the Asian Elephant

 

We use cookies on the Contact Law site to help us improve it.

If you would like to allow our cookies, please click 'Continue' or carry on browsing. For more information on cookies and how to change your settings, click 'More info'.