FAQs About Civil Partnerships

Discover answers to the most frequently asked questions surrounding Civil Partnerships


What are the grounds for dissolving a civil partnership?

The sole ground for dissolving a civil partnership is that the relationship has irretrievably broken down.


How can I establish that the relationship has broken down?

You can rely on one of the following four grounds:

  1. Unreasonable behaviour
  2. Desertion after a period of two years or more
  3. You have lived apart for more than two years and both parties agree to the dissolution
  4. You have lived apart for more than five years.  If this is the case then you do not require the other party’s consent.


How do you dissolve a civil partnership?

As with divorce, you have to have been in the partnership for at least one year. 

The process is also similar to the divorce process. There are three main steps:

  1. Apply to the court for permission to end the civil partnership – this is called filing the dissolution petition.The petition is sent to the other party to the partnership.Your former partner will complete and return the form indicating whether they agree or dispute the dissolution.
  2. If the dissolution is uncontested, you then apply for a conditional order.
  3. The next step is to apply for a final order.   This can be done six weeks and a day after the conditional order. The final order legally ends the civil partnership.


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