1. Overview

You can apply to end (‘dissolve’) your civil partnership if you have been in the partnership for at least a year.

There are 3 main steps to ending a civil partnership:

  1. File a dissolution petition - you have to apply to court for permission to end your civil partnership, and show reasons why you want to split up.

  2. Apply for a conditional order - if your civil partner agrees to the petition, you’ll get a document saying there’s no reason you can’t divorce.

  3. Apply for a final order - this legally ends your civil partnership - you need to wait 6 weeks after you get the conditional order before you can apply.

Ending a civil partnership without using solicitors

You may be able to arrange your own divorce without involving solicitors if you agree on:

  • the reasons for dissolving the civil partnership
  • how you’ll split up money, property and possessions
  • how you’ll look after any children

If you agree on these things beforehand, you won’t have to go to a court hearing, and the paperwork should be fairly straightforward.