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How do I end a Civil Partnership? 

The procedure for ending a civil partnership is very similar to the procedure for ending a marriage; the application form is the same as used for divorce and there is only one ground for dissolution as with divorce namely that there has been an irretrievable breakdown of the relationship. However there are some differences as follows:- 
 
The application will be for dissolution of the civil partnership, rather than an application/petition for divorce 
The application cannot be based on adultery even if it is an opposite sex civil partnership, and will therefore have be based on the facts of either behaviour, desertion, two years separation with consent or five years separation 
There will be a conditional order of dissolution rather than decree nisi and a final order rather than decree absolute 
 
The legal process will be the same as for divorce as follows :- 
 
Applicant issues the application for dissolution 
Court sends a sealed copy and an Acknowledgement of Service form to the respondent for completion and return 
The Court sends a copy of the completed Acknowledgement to the applicant or their solicitors 
The applicant applies for the conditional order 
If the Court is satisfied that the applicant is entitled to a dissolution a Certificate of Entitlement will be issued setting down the date for pronouncement of the conditional order 
The conditional order is granted 
The applicant can apply for the final order six weeks after the date of the conditional order 
If the applicant fails to apply, the respondent can make the application three months from the first date that the applicant could have applied 
Final order is granted 

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