In Scotland there are two grounds for the dissolution of a civil partnership:
- That one of the partners has applied for an interim gender certificate
- The civil partnership has broken down irretrievably
If you are looking to end your civil partnership on the grounds that the partnership has broken down irretrievably then you must establish one of the following grounds:
- You and your partner have lived separately for one year and that you both consent to the dissolution
- You and you partner have lived separately for at least two years (in such a case no consent is required).
- That your partner has acted unreasonably and you are no longer able to live with them.
If you decide to proceed with dissolution and you have children under the age of 16 or financial matters to resolve then it is advisable to agree these before you proceed. We understand that this may not always be possible and we can help you put these arrangements in place before you proceed with dissolution.
If you have already agreed your financial matters and do not have children under the age of 16 then there is a simplified procedure that is applicable to certain situations.