The number of civil partnership dissolutions has rocketed as gay couples reached the seven year itch.

The number of gay couples applying for  civil partnership dissolutions leapt by 20 per cent last year (2102), seven years after their controversial introduction in 2005.

Overall there were 794 dissolutions in 2012, almost 60 per cent of which were lesbian couples, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show.

By the end of 2012 there were 120,908 people in a civil partnership, which is much higher than the Government Equalities Office originally predicted.

The Office thought there would be between 11,000 and 22,000 civil partners in Britain by 2010, but there were already more than 79,000 at the start of that year – and are now ten times as many.

A quarter of all civil partnerships still happen in London and. Brighton and Hove saw the most female same sex couples entering civil unions, with 101 partnerships registered.

The fact that 60% of all gay divorces are instigated by women matches the heterosexual divorce experience as the majority of divorces in England and Wales are also filed by women.

Unlike their straight counterparts who can file their divorce in any county court they choose, gay couples looking to get a divorce have to file their proceedings in nominated civil partnership dissolution courts.

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This post was written by Mark Keenan. Editor of the Divorce Online Blog and Managing Director of Online Legal Service Ltd. Mark has been writing about divorce and related subjects for over 20+ years and is an expert in legal marketing.

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