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Civil partnership breakdown

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There is one ground for dissolution of a civil partnership: the partnership has irretrievably broken down.

To establish irretrievable breakdown the court has to be satisfied on one of the four facts laid down in CPA 2004:

•the respondent has behaved in such a way that the petitioner cannot reasonably be expected to live with the respondent
•the parties have lived apart for a continuous period of at least two years and the respondent consents to a dissolution order being made
•the parties have lived apart for a continuous period of at least five years immediately preceding the making of the application
•the respondent has deserted the petitioner for a continuous period of at least two years immediately preceding the presentation of the petition

Note that adultery isn't mentioned. It is when a marriage is ended--£5 to the charity of your choice for the first correct reason why!


Andrew Woolley
Divorce solicitor

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adultery isnt mentioned cos it only applies to heterosexual marriages (it being a religious concept and civil partnerships not being recognised in the eyes of God etc) ...

By gill fenton on Thursday June 17, 2010

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