You may want to end your civil partnership because of your partner’s unreasonable behaviour. Unreasonable behaviour is behaviour that means you can’t be expected to live with your civil partner any longer. Unreasonable behaviour could include:
- physical and mental cruelty to you or your children
- verbal abuse
- financial irresponsibility
- being sexually unfaithful
- passing on certain sexually-transmitted diseases.
There may have been a number of incidents of unreasonable behaviour during the civil partnership. Each incident in itself does not have to be serious. A long period of less serious incidents may be enough to end a civil partnership. One very serious incident may also be enough.
When you apply to court for a dissolution order, you should be able to give a detailed account of the behaviour which you think has led to the breakdown of your civil partnership. If possible, include dates and places of incidents.
Please note: If you stayed with your partner for six months or more after the date of the last incident of unreasonable behaviour, the court might think that you didn’t find the behaviour that unreasonable.
*Legal information given above is not legal advice. Please contact a solicitor to get legal advice.
Source of information: Citizens Advice Bureau