The prospect of ending a civil partnership can be daunting; however, we can help.

You can apply for a dissolution if you have been in a civil partnership for at least one year.

There is only one ground for dissolution in England Wales, which is the irretrievable breakdown of your civil partnership. The court can only hold your civil partnership to have broken down irretrievably, if it satisfied of one, or more, of the following facts:

  1. that your civil partner has behaved in such a way that you cannot reasonably be expected to live with them;
  2. that your civil partner has deserted you for a continuous period of at least two years;
  3. that you and your civil partner have lived apart for a continuous period of at least two years and are both in agreement to end the partnership;
  4. that you and your civil partner have lived apart for a continuous period of at least five years.

Unlike divorce, you cannot currently use the fact of adultery to dissolve civil partnerships.

If you wish to start dissolution proceedings, we can advise you on the most appropriate fact for your circumstances and can draft the petition for you. Once this has been done, we can issue and progress your petition, offering a fast and streamlined service.  There is a £550 court fee for issuing a dissolution petition.

If you have received a dissolution petition and agree that the partnership has broken down irretrievably, we can advise you on completing the Acknowledgment form and draft this for you. Once this has been done, we can lodge this for you to enable the dissolution to progress.

If you do not agree that your civil partnership has broken down irretrievably, we can advise you on your prospect of defending a dissolution.

The dissolution process can be completed in 3 months but often takes longer due to court administration delays and the need to agree a financial settlement.

For more information, please contact our family law team on
020 3096 7500 or

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