The ‘Dissolution’ of a Civil Partnership in England and Wales is equivalent to Divorce and brings the Civil Partnership to an end. The process follows three main stages, detailed below.
1. Filing a Petition
The person who starts proceedings is known as the ‘Petitioner’. The person having the dissolution brought against them is known as the ‘Respondent’.
Grounds for a Petitioner to file for Dissolution include:
- Desertion 2 years
- 5 years Separation
- Two years Separation by Consent
- Unreasonable Behaviour
Certain criteria must be met with regards to desertion and separation – our experienced and professional Family Law team is here to explain the relevance of these stipulations in plain English.
2. Applying for a Conditional Order
Your partner will receive a copy of your Petition for Dissolution. He or she will then have nine days to either give consent to the Dissolution, or refuse consent.
If your partner consents, a Conditional Order will be granted. This progresses your case to stage three.
If your partner does not consent to the Dissolution, you may require a court hearing, where a judge will decide whether or not to grant the Conditional Order.
3. Applying for a Final Order
This is a legal document which brings your Civil Partnership to an end, and will only be issued after a six week cooling off period from the issue date of the Conditional Order.
A court will check that you have met all the requirements for Dissolution, and that any provisions regarding children are in place.