2. Grounds for ending a civil partnership

You have to show the relationship has irretrievably broken down, and that you have good reasons for ending the civil partnership.

There are 4 grounds for ending a civil partnership.

Unreasonable behaviour

Your partner has behaved so badly that you can no longer bear to live with them.

This could include:

  • physical or mental cruelty
  • verbal or physical abuse
  • being irresponsible with money
  • being sexually unfaithful

Desertion

Your partner has left you:

  • without your agreement
  • without a good reason
  • to end your relationship
  • for more than 2 years in the past 2.5 years

You can still claim desertion if you have lived together for up to a total of 6 months within this period.

You have lived apart for more than 2 years

You can get a dissolution if you have lived apart for more than 2 years, and both agree to end the civil partnership.

Your civil partner must agree in writing to end the civil partnership.

You have lived apart for more than 5 years

Living apart for more than 5 years is usually enough to end a civil partnership, even if your civil partner disagrees.