Grounds for Divorce

This year, after much public debate, campaigning and high profile divorce cases in the media, the government has announced plans to introduce a ‘no-fault’ divorce process for couple who want to end their marriage on good terms.

Whilst plans are very much in early stages until its introduction, what are the options until then?

There is only one ground for divorce and that is that the marriage has irretrievably broken down. This must then be supported by one of five facts:

  1. One party has committed adultery, making it intolerable for the other to live with them.
  2. One party has behaved in such a way that it would be unreasonable to expect the other to live with them.
  3. One party has deserted the other for a minimum of two years
  4. A couple has been separated for at least two years and both parties consent to a divorce.
  5. A couple has been separated for at least five years.

The process of issuing divorce proceedings has become easier with options to issue a petition on line. Whilst a good solicitor will always support you to take as many steps yourself as possible to minimise costs, particularly where there are children or finances involved, it is sensible to get advice first and to make sure you are taking care of yourself, your assets and the future of your family properly.

‘I always tell my clients with straightforward cases that they should go online for the administration, but see a legal professional for the knowledge behind it,’ says Debbie Bulmer, of Family Solutions Now. ‘We always offer an initial free 30 minute consultation to help steer people in the right direction.’

‘It’s also important that couples understand the implications of getting a divorce or not having one on their finances, and that’s where your lawyer will be able to help.’

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