Divorce and Separation

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Divorce, separation and civil partnership dissolution

Divorce and Separation

In order to apply for a divorce, you need to have been married for at least one year and there is only one ground for divorce and that is that the marriage has broken down irretrievably.

The person who starts the divorce proceedings is known as ‘the petitioner’ and their spouse is called ‘the respondent’.

To satisfy the court that there has been an irretrievable breakdown the petitioner must prove one of the following five facts:

  • (a) The respondent has committed adultery and the petitioner finds it intolerable to live with the respondent.
  • (b) The respondent has behaved in such a way that the petitioner cannot reasonably be expected to live with the respondent.
  • (c) The respondent has deserted the petitioner for a continuous period of at least two years immediately before the start of the divorce.
  • (d) You have lived apart for a continuous period of at least two years immediately before the start of the divorce and the respondent consents to a decree being granted.
  • (e) You have lived apart for a continuous period of at least five years immediately before the start of the divorce.

Most divorces are based on facts (a) ‘adultery’ or (b) ‘behaviour’.

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