Civil partnerships


When a civil partnership breaks down, it can be dissolved in the same way as a divorce so long as the partnership has existed for at least one year.

The process is very similar to divorce in that the party who commences proceedings, the applicant, will apply to the Court for dissolution of the partnership.

Our specialists can help with Pre Registration Agreements, dissolution and financial aspects.

There is only one ground for dissolution, namely the irretrievable breakdown of the partnership, demonstrated by one of four facts as follows:

  • That the respondent has behaved in such a way that the petitioner cannot reasonably be expected to live with the respondent;
  • That the respondent has deserted the petitioner for a continuous period of at least 2 years;
  • That the parties have lived separately for at least 2 years and both agree to dissolution;
  • That the parties have lived separately for at least 5 years.

Please refer to the section on divorce for more information about the Court process.

The system for resolving financial matters following dissolution of a civil partnership is exactly the same as with divorce.

For anything further, one of our specialists would be delighted to meet you to talk through your options and answer any questions. Please contact us at any time.