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You can apply to end your civil partnership if you’ve been in the partnership for over a year. The procedure for a Civil Partnership Dissolution is similar to that of a divorce. A civil partnership ends when a Dissolution Order is granted (rather than a Decree Absolute).
Just like married couples, if you don’t want to end your civil partnership permanently, you have the option of a legal separation. You can apply for separation during the first year of your civil partnership.
Grounds for ending a civil partnership
Reasons for ending a civil partnership are very similar to those in divorce, with 1 exception: Adultery cannot be used.
The full grounds for dissolution of a civil partnership are:
- Unreasonable behaviour
- Desertion for 2 years
- Separation for 2 years (with the respondent’s consent)
- Separation for 5 years (no consent)
The process of dissolving a civil partnership
It is similar to divorce proceedings, in that there are key things you need to do to end your civil partnership.
- Apply to Court to ask for permission to end your civil partnership
- Arrangements and maintenance for children
- Division of money and property
Like divorcing couples, you’re encouraged to have agreement on the last two between yourselves, and ask the Court to turn the solicitors’ documents into a Court Order. You’re also encouraged to use mediation rather than take it to Court.
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