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You or your partner can apply to the court to have the partnership dissolved. The steps to take depend on whether only one or both of you want to separate.
If you and your partner agree to the dissolution of the partnership, you must present the following documentation to the civil court:
You must submit a dissolution petition signed by both partners. The courts usually provide forms or templates to help you.
You then draw up an agreement on how to settle the consequences of the dissolution, for example:
If you do not agree or only agree on some things, you can still submit a joint petition and ask the court to decide on the remaining matters.
Depending on your circumstances, you may also have to provide other documentation. Contact the competent court to find out what documents you will need.
After you have presented the necessary documents, the court will organise a hearing.
If the partners do not agree on the dissolution of the partnership, either one may make a unilateral application if they have lived apart for a minimum of one year.
The court invites both partners to a hearing. While the proceedings are ongoing, precautionary measures are often put in place (e.g. maintenance payments).
The courts are organised differently from canton to canton. Ask your canton’s judicial authority or a lawyer if you are not sure which court to contact.
Once your registered partnership has been dissolved your civil status is recorded as ‘dissolved partnership’.