Apply for a conditional order

You can get a conditional order if your partner agrees to end the civil partnership.

A conditional order is a document that says the court does not see any reason why you cannot end the civil partnership. It is the first of 2 stages to getting the civil partnership dissolved -­ the second stage is getting a final order.

If your partner does not agree to end the civil partnership, you can still apply for a conditional order. You’ll have to go to a hearing at the court to discuss the case, where a judge will decide whether to grant you the conditional order.

You must wait at least 7 days after your civil partner has received their copy of the dissolution application.

Fill in the application form

To apply for a conditional order, fill in the application for a conditional order.

If your partner is defending the case, fill in section B of the form, saying you want a ‘case management hearing’ before the judge.

You also need to fill in a statement confirming that what you said in your dissolution application is true.

There are 4 statement forms - use the one that covers the reason you’ve given for ending the civil partnership:

The forms will need to show your civil partner:

  • has received the dissolution application
  • agrees to the dissolution if you’re using the fact that you’ve been living apart for 2 years as your reason
  • agrees with any arrangement proposed for children

Attach your civil partner’s response to the dissolution application, and send it to the court. Keep your own copy.

You’ll still be civil partners at this stage, the ‘final order’ actually ends your civil partnership.