The process to dissolve your civil partnership is very similar to the procedure used for a divorce in that you file a petition, obtain a “conditional order” and then a “final order” which finally dissolves your partnership. You have to have been in your registered civil partnership for a year before you can apply for dissolution and you have to show that the relationship has “irretrievably broken down” on the basis of one of four facts. If you have children it will also be necessary to complete a “statement of arrangements for children” setting out details of the children and the arrangements for them. The whole process can take on average a period of about 6 months but on the basis that the petition is not defended by your partner there should not be any need for either of you to attend court and the case can be dealt with “on paper”.