Registering the ending of a civil partnership in the civil registry in the Netherlands
Have you had your civil partnership ended by a lawyer or notary? Then they will register the final order (Akte ontbinding van geregistreerd partnerschap) with the civil registry (burgerlijke stand). Have you had your civil partnership ended by a court? Then the court will have the final order registered with the civil registry.
Ending a civil partnership outside of the courts
Your lawyer or notary sends the final order to the civil registry for registration. This is done within 3 months.
Ending a civil partnership by a judge in court
If a judge ends your civil partnership, registration with the civil registry follows within 6 months.
The final order should be registered with the registry office of the municipality where you formed your civil partnership. You must do this within 3 months if the final order is issued by a lawyer or notary, 6 months if issued by a court. Only then is your civil partnership legally ended.
Registering the ending of a civil partnership in the marital property register
Did you draw up a civil partnership agreement (partnerschapsvoorwaarden) when you formed your civil partnership? If so you can also register the final order in the marital property register (huwelijksgoederenregister) (in Dutch). You can do this at the district court (in Dutch) that issued the final order.
This is how it works for you
Here is some information from your municipality.
Ending Registered Partnership
The notary or lawyer sends your request to the municipality where the partnership took place.
Has the municipality registered the request in the registers of civil status?
Only then is your partnership terminated.
Do you have children under the age of 18?
- Then the termination goes through the court.
- Your lawyer sends a petition and a parenting plan to the court.
- A parenting plan contains the agreements about the children.
Do you have no children under 18?
Then you do not have to go to court. You can have your registered partnership terminated at the lawyer's or notary's office. Together you will draw up a statement about the termination. You register this declaration in the register of the civil status of the municipality where the partnership took place. This is called a "dissolution by mutual consent".
Do you not come to an agreement together?
Then your lawyer can submit your own request to the court on your behalf. This is called a " 'unilateral request'.
Questions about this topic?
Contact the Municipality of Wijk bij Duurstede