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Civil Partnership Dissolution

Ending a relationship is always a difficult decision. Our civil partnership dissolution solicitors offer the reassurance of having a compassionate expert by your side. We will guide you through every step of the process to ensure you are treated fairly.

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What is the ground for a civil partnership dissolution?

You can apply for a civil partnership dissolution if your civil partnership has lasted for a year or more. 

To end a civil partnership, you need to confirm that your partnership has broken down irretrievably. This will allow the court to issue an order to end your civil partnership. 

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What are the steps to end a civil partnership?

The steps to ending a civil partnership are:


Civil partnership dissolution petition

One civil partner (the ‘petitioner’) files a dissolution petition with the court, and on the petition, they state the grounds for dissolving the civil partnership.

Acknowledgement of Service

The petitioner’s ex-partner (the ‘respondent’) receives the dissolution petition. They fill in an Acknowledgement of Service form, and they must send this form to the court within 7 days.

Contested or uncontested dissolution

The respondent replies to the dissolution petition by stating whether they agree to dissolve the civil partnership. If they agree, it is an ‘uncontested civil partnership dissolution’. If they disagree, it is a ‘contested civil partnership dissolution’. If they decide to contest, they have another 21 days to file the reasons for their objection with the court.

Conditional Order of Dissolution

If the respondent does not contest the dissolution, the petitioner can apply for a Conditional Order of Dissolution. If they do contest, the petitioner can still apply, but the case may go to court. In court, a judge will decide whether to grant the order.

Final Dissolution Order

6 weeks and 1 day after the Conditional Order is granted, the petitioner can apply for a Final Dissolution Order. This dissolves the civil partnership.

Why use a civil partnership solicitor?

Our expert civil partnership solicitors can guide you through the legal civil partnership dissolution process, advising you about your rights and acting to protect your interests. We ensure all paperwork is accurately completed and submitted promptly, as errors can lead to unnecessary and costly delays. 

Alongside civil partnership dissolution, we can help you negotiate with your ex-partner, especially regarding financial matters and arrangements for children. We are dedicated to helping you resolve matters without going to court, as this can be stressful, time-consuming, and expensive. 

We are experienced in managing complex cases where civil partnership dissolution is not amicable. Our civil partnership solicitors are alert for potential issues, such as the other party hiding assets, and we anticipate obstacles and reduce delays. 


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When you make the decision to dissolve a civil partnership, we know it can be difficult and stressful. Our experienced and approachable solicitors provide you with a high standard of legal advice, and we offer support when you need it most. 

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Civil Partnership Dissolution FAQs

The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 is in effect from 6th April 2022. This means you no longer need to demonstrate that your partner was at fault to end your civil partnership.

It usually takes between 6 to 8 months to dissolve a civil partnership. If there are disagreements between parties, errors in paperwork or papers are not filed on time, it can take longer.

If you are not prepared to dissolve your civil partnership or have been in a civil partnership for less than a year, you could consider making a separation agreement instead. 

In a separation agreement, you and your ex-partner can set out how you will manage day-to-day arrangements. This is particularly useful for caring for children and organising finances. 

Establishing a separation agreement allows you more time to think and reflect. Additionally, if you decide to dissolve your civil partnership, the process will be faster and simpler since the practical matters have already been settled in the separation agreement.