Civil Partnership Dissolution

Providing certainty from the outset


Hart Brown are experts when it comes to civil partnership dissolution. We understand that when entering into a civil partnership it creates rights and responsibilities including the right to apply for parental responsibility of your civil partner’s child.

Before entering into a civil partnership you may wish to consider a pre-registration agreement. This agreement will set out who receives what if the relationship was to break down.

We know that that thinking about civil partnership dissolution is not the most romantic start to your partnership but these agreements help provide certainty and can save a lot of bitterness and hostility later on. If your civil partnership breaks down we can assist with:

  • The dissolution of the civil partnership
  • Resolving the finances
  • Resolving children issues
  • Property issues
  • Financial settlements

At Hart Brown, our family lawyers can explain your rights when you enter into a civil partnership and prepare a pre-registration agreement. Should the relationship break down we understand how stressful and upsetting this is. We will help you try and resolve your issues amicably and constructively while protecting your interests.

Get in touch today on 01483 887766 to speak to a member of our civil partnership dissolution lawyers about how we can help. 

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Vanessa McMurtrie

Partner, Family

Partner, Family

Vanessa McMurtrie

Vanessa trained and then qualified as a solicitor in 1991 with Hart Brown working in the Cobham office's family department for a decade. She then worked for us on a part time consultancy basis while devoting more time to her family. During this period she was instrumental in implementing Hart Brown’s family department’s case management system and later, the quality system that led to the firm’s ISO 9001 accreditation.

In 2005 Vanessa returned to client work and joined Mackrell Turner Garrett where she stayed for ten years, before re-joining Hart Brown in 2015. Vanessa knows Woking and the surrounding area well and enhances the work covered at our Woking office as part of the family team.

Vanessa has been a Resolution member since 1991, committed to resolving disputes in a non-confrontational and constructive way. She has served on the Surrey Resolution committee since 2008. She is a Resolution accredited collaboratively trained lawyer and welcomes the opportunity to help separating couples adopt this process as an alternative to the more traditional options available.

Over the years, Vanessa has gained a wealth of experience in dealing with all the legal aspects of relationships coming to an end. She prides herself on being approachable and understanding as she helps her clients go through the legal process.

Sharon Powell

Partner, Head of Family

Partner, Head of Family

Sharon Powell

Sharon has over 20 years experience in all aspects of family law and in particular the financial aspects of high value divorces. Sharon is a trained collaborative lawyer and she is particularly experienced in dealing with couples who have assets abroad.

She is a Resolution Accredited Specialist and qualified in mediation and collaborative family law.

“A break up of a relationship is very sad for everyone concerned” says Sharon. “I believe that our role is to try and help both parties reach a solution which they are both happy with. When feelings are running high this can sometimes be difficult but I believe we can make a difference”.

Sharon is often thanked by her clients for her sympathetic and supportive approach through a traumatic time in their lives.

Her most memorable case was in a divorce where financial matters involving significant assets were resolved amicably yet parties persisted to argue about kitchen utensils!

Sharon qualified as a solicitor in 1986 and joined Hart Brown in 2007 becoming a partner a few months later.

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