Do civil partners get divorced?


If you have a civil partnership, the process to legally end that relationship is largely the same as a married couple. It is not called a divorce, but instead is called a dissolution. The forms and process are largely the same, however there are some key differences. As with same sex marriages, the grounds to petition for dissolution of a civil partnership would be:

  1. Adultery (but this has to be with someone of the opposite sex)
  2. Unreasonable behaviour
  3. Desertion
  4. Two years’ separation with consent
  5. Five years’ separation

Some of the terminology is also different, for example in divorce proceedings for a married couple the final Decree Absolute brings the legal marriage to an end. In a civil partnership, it is called a Final Order.

There is also a process to apply for financial settlement as a result of dissolution of a civil partnership, again in a similar way to divorce proceedings for married couples.