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Dissolving civil partnerships in Northern Ireland

The process of ending a civil partnership is called “dissolution”. 

The dissolution process follows a very similar path to that of divorce.


This guide outlines general topics you should be thinking about if you want to get a divorce in Northern Ireland. But it is not legal advice. If you need legal advice, you should contact a specialist divorce solicitor for advice on your specific circumstances.

Dissolving civil partnerships in Northern Ireland

The law on civil partnerships in Northern Ireland gives civil partners most of the same rights as married people.

If a civil partnership breaks down, issues such as dividing property, arranging maintenance and dividing pensions are handled in much the same way as they are in divorces.

Some of the terminology used for civil partnerships is different (and we will highlight some of those differences in the following sections) but for the most part, the process is quite similar.

The above article is part of our guide on how to get a divorce in Northern Ireland.

If you are thinking about getting a divorce, you should get in touch with a Northern Ireland specialist divorce solicitor who will be able to provide advice tailored to your own personal circumstances.

If you have any questions, you are very welcome to get in touch.

All the best,

The Team @ Lightlaw
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