5. Apply for a final order

The final order is the legal document that ends your civil partnership.

You have to wait 6 weeks after the date of the conditional order to apply for a final order.

If your civil partner applied for a conditional order, you have to wait 3 months and 6 weeks after the date of the conditional order.

The delay gives you a chance to discuss finances and other issues with your civil partner before the civil partnership comes to an end.

Apply within 12 months of getting the conditional order - otherwise you will have to explain the delay to the court.

To apply for a final order, fill in the application for a conditional order to be made final.

A final order costs £45. This fee won’t apply if you filed your petition after 1 July 2013, as it’s now part of the petition fee.

Return the form to the court with the fee. This will usually be the same court that dealt with your conditional order.

Getting the final order

The court will check that there are no reasons why the civil partnership can’t be ended. You must provide all details the court asks for within the time limits.

If the court is happy with all the information, it will send you and your civil partner a final order.

Once you get your final order, your civil partnership has ended and you can enter into another civil partnership if you wish.

You must keep your final order safe - you will need to show it if you enter into another civil partnership or to prove your status.