Grounds for Dissolving a Civil Partnership

A Civil Partnership is brought to an end by one party issuing a petition for dissolution and obtaining the benefit of a Dissolution Order.

Once a Dissolution Order has been obtained from the court then it ends all of the legal duties and responsibilities that the parties to a Civil Partnership have towards one another.

There is only one ground for the dissolution of a Civil Partnership and that is that the partnership has broken down irretrievably. However, it is necessary for one of the parties to establish one or more of four facts in support of any petition for dissolution.

The four facts are as follows:

  1. Unreasonable Behaviour – It is necessary to establish that one party to the partnership has behaved in such a way that the other party cannot reasonably be expected to live with them.
  2. Desertion – Where one party has deserted the other for a period of at least two years.
  3. 2 years separation with consent – This arises when the parties have lived separate and apart from each other for a continuous period of at least 2 years and both parties consent to dissolving the partnership. In certain circumstances it is possible for both parties to have remained living in the same home during the 2 year period
  4. 5 years separation – When both parties to the partnership have lived separate and apart for a continuous period of at least 5 years. It is not necessary for the parties to give their consent.


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