End a civil partnership

3. File an application

To end a civil partnership, you first need to fill in a dissolution application.

You must include your:

  • full name and address
  • civil partner’s full name and address
  • civil partnership certificate - the original certificate or a copy from a register office

Include the names and dates of birth of any children (no matter how old they are).

You must try to find your civil partner’s current address if you don’t know it. The court will need it to send them a copy of the divorce petition.

Pay the court fee

You will have to pay a £550 court fee to file the dissolution application.

You may be able to get help with court fees if you’re on benefits or a low income.

By phone with a debit or credit card

The court calls you to take your payment. Include a letter with your petition to request the call and give them your phone number.

By post with a cheque

Make out the cheque to ‘HM Courts and Tribunals Service’ and send it with your petition.

Send the forms

Once you have filled in the forms:

  • send 3 copies to the court
  • keep copies for yourself
  • include your cheque, or your letter asking to pay by phone

Where to send the forms

Send the forms to your nearest court dealing with civil partnership dissolution.