Partition of HUF is notional division of properties among the members of the family and the joint ownership of property comes to an end. However, for an effective partition, it is not necessary to divide the properties in actual. But under tax laws for an effective partition division by metes and bounds is also necessary.
Partition of HUF under Hindu Law, can be total or partial. In total partition all the members cease to be members of the HUF and all the properties cease to be properties belonging to the said HUF.
Under partition partial, where some of the members go out on partition and other members continue to be the members of the family.