Grounds for dissolving a civil partnership
A condition for ending a civil partnership is that your relationship has broken down irretrievably.
Similarly to marriage, there are a limited number of grounds upon which you can demonstrate this. The grounds are the same as marriage, except that adultery cannot be used. Therefore, the remaining four grounds which can be used are:
- unreasonable behaviour
- 2 years of separation
- 5 years of separation
This can be used as grounds for dissolving a civil partnership if your partner’s behaviour leaves you feeling that you can no longer stand to live with them.
Desertion can be used as grounds for ending a civil partnership if your partner has left you for two years out of the last two and a half years with the intention of ending the relationship. They must have done so without your agreement and without good reason.
2 years of separation
If you have lived apart from your civil partner for a period of two years or more, then this can also be used as grounds for dissolving your civil partnership. You will need your partner’s consent to use this as the grounds for your dissolution.
5 years of separation
If you have lived apart from your partner for five years or more, however, you can use this as grounds for dissolving your civil partnership without having to obtain the consent of your partner.
If you're not a British Citizen, ending a civil partnership may affect your right to stay in the UK.
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