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FAQs & Advice - Civil Partnerships

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What is the difference between civil partnership dissolution and divorce?

Civil partnership dissolution and the divorce process differ in a number of ways, but there are also some similarities. In order to dissolve a civil partnership, a dissolution order must be obtained, whereas a divorce requires a decree nisi to end some parts of the marriage, and a decree absolute to totally end the marriage. A marriage can be ended on certain grounds, which are:

  • Adultery
  • Unreasonable behaviour
  • Desertion for more than 2 years
  • Separation for more than 2 years (requires consent from respondent)
  • Separation for more than 5 years (does not require consent)

Civil partnerships cannot be dissolved on the grounds of adultery, but otherwise they adhere to the grounds that marriages do.