A civil partnership can be dissolved in a similar procedure to a divorce.
It must be proved that the civil partnership has broken down irretrievably, and one of the following grounds relied upon:
- unreasonable behaviour – the civil partner has behaved in such a way that the applicant cannot reasonably be expected to live with them
- desertion – the civil partner must have been gone for a minimum of two years
- separation – the couple have been separated for 2 years and both parties agree to the dissolution
- separation – the couple have been separate for 5 years.
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