In 2014, couples of the same sex gained the right to marry and therefore, to divorce, following the same procedures as heterosexual couples. Legally, no distinction exists between same-sex and opposite-sex marriages, enabling same-sex divorce by asserting an irreparable marriage breakdown.
Since April 6, 2022, no specific reason is needed for divorce, just recognising an irretrievable breakdown. This change introduced the ‘no-fault’ divorce, aiming for a smoother process. A joint divorce application is now required, necessitating agreement at three stages. Consider exploring Resolution Together, a service for managing separation consequences with a shared lawyer.
How do you dissolve a civil partnership?
Furthermore, since 2005, same-sex couples have been able to form a civil partnership, affording them equivalent legal protection as married couples. They can opt to convert their partnership into a marriage.
While civil partners opt for partnership dissolution over divorce, the processes and fundamental principles remain largely the same.