Different forms of separation and how we can help
There are lots of ways that people can enter into and dissolve partnerships. While the law may not cover the exact circumstances of each individual, more and more flexibility is gradually being introduced to support modern needs. The law continues to evolve with us. That’s one of the reasons why legal professionals exist. They help people interact with the latest laws and leverage them to their advantage. Andrew & Andrew are a family solicitors in Portsmouth. We pride ourselves on adapting to meet the unique needs of our clients in many matters including separation.
These are four types of separation that Andrew & Andrew have experience in dealing with as family solicitors in Portsmouth:
- Divorce – this is still the most common form of separation that we see as family solicitors in Portsmouth. Marriage is a legal contract that two people enter into and divorce is the end of that contract. It usually involves the separation of assets, where applicable, as well as ongoing agreements regarding childcare or maintenance;
- Civil dissolution – civil partnerships are currently for same-sex couples and they were essentially introduced as an interim measure before same-sex marriage was recognised. They are legally almost the same as marriages when it comes to separation except that adultery cannot be used as ground for civil dissolution. This is because adultery is only recognised as sexual intercourse between members of the opposite sex;
- Judicial separation – this is quite rare but it sometimes happens that couples wish to separate but stay married. This might happen if, for example, they have strong religious views regarding divorce. Judicial separation is where a court recognises agreements between parties about the division of assets, finances, childcare and so on without actually dissolving the marriage;
- Nullity – a marriage can be annulled under certain circumstances. It could either be void or voidable. A void marriage is one that was never legal to begin with such as one that is bigamous or incestuous. A voidable marriage is one that was legal at the time, but which can be set aside for some other reason such as non-consummation or because the woman is carrying a child that was not conceived with the person they have married.