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Different Ways To End A Civil Partnership


There are several different reasons why a civil partnership may come to an end. How it is brought to the end is completely dependent on the individual circumstances surrounding the civil partnership. Civil partnerships are ended through the death of one partner, civil partnership dissolution, a separation or an annulment.



First, the most obvious way a civil partnership comes to an end is through the death of one partner. If a valid will has been made after the formation of the civil partnership, the other partner will likely inherit under the terms provided by that will. Same sex couples that live together but are not in a civil partnership will not automatically have rights to their deceased partner’s property. Due to the intestacy rules under the 1975 Inheritance Act, the deceased partner’s family may receive some of the estate. However, if you want to end your partnership before one of you passes away, there are various other methods available.


Dissolution of civil partnership

A Dissolution Order causes the dissolution of civil partnership. This is where the partnership legally comes to a complete end. The Courts won’t consider dissolving a civil partnership until the two people have been “civil partners” for a period of twelve months or more. Dissolving civil partnerships can be complex, and is a very similar process to divorce. A number of factors need to be taken into account, including children involved (if applicable), wealth and property distribution. This is done through the Court system and can take months to complete.


Separation Order

A Separation Order may be used when the two partners don’t want to dissolve their partnership or the civil partnership is under twelve months old. The partnership is not legally ended until it is dissolved. Neither partner will be able to enter into a new marriage nor civil partnership until the current partnership has been dissolved through the Courts.



Annulments are another option in less frequent circumstances. Annulments occur when the civil partnership is regarded as void or voidable i.e. it never existed or it no longer legally exists.


Who should you inform?

When ending a civil partnership, it is both of the partners’ responsibility to inform the necessary people, such as landlords or mortgage companies, the tax office, the benefit office (if applicable), banks (particularly if you have a joint bank account), dentists and doctors, to name a few. This is especially important if one of you is planning to move away from the area.


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What should you do? If you need advice on any of the above options or on the dissolution of a civil partnership, it is advisable to seek professional family law advice from our specialist civil partnership solicitors.

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