Apply for a conditional order
A conditional order is a document that says the court does not see any reason why you cannot end the civil partnership.
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.
How to apply
How you apply for a conditional order depends on when the court issued the application for ending your civil partnership.
If the court issued your application before 6 April 2022
Fill in the application for a conditional order. You must wait at least 7 days after your civil partner has received their copy of the dissolution application.
If your partner does not agree to end the civil partnership, 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.
If the court issued your application on or after 6 April 2022
You must wait 20 weeks after your application to end your civil partnership has been issued before applying for a conditional order.
If you applied to end your civil partnership online, you’ll be told how to apply for the conditional order online.
You can apply for a conditional order and continue ending your civil partnership as a sole applicant, even if you started the process jointly with your civil partner.
To apply by post, fill in the application for a conditional order.