End a civil partnership
1. Ending a civil partnership
You can apply to end (‘dissolve’) your civil partnership if you’ve been in the partnership for at least a year.
How to end your civil partnership
You must send paperwork to a court to ask for permission to end your civil partnership.
Separate from the paperwork, you and your ex-partner need to work out:
You also need to divide your money and property. There’s a deadline if you want to make this legally binding.
You can usually avoid going to court hearings if you agree about children, money and property and the reasons for ending your civil partnership.
Get help agreeing on issues
You can also get advice on making agreements from:
Get your paperwork approved
There are 3 main steps to asking a court to approve your paperwork.
File a dissolution application - you have to apply to court to end your civil partnership, and show reasons why you want to end it.
Apply for a conditional order - if your civil partner agrees to the application, you’ll get a document saying there’s no reason you can’t end the civil partnership.
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.