Choosing to get a divorce is no easy task and can certainly be an upsetting time, which is why you need the right help when going through the process.
Every relationship is different and an expert divorce solicitor will understand that, so leave it to the professionals so you can make the situation as stress free as possible.
Can I get a divorce?
In England or Wales you can get a divorce as long as you fit the criteria:
- Married for over a year
- Relationship is irreparable
- Legally recognised marriage in UK
- UK is the permanent residence for one or both of the parties
If you do not fulfill all of the above there are other routes which may be suitable for you including a legal separation or, even an annulment; these can both be applied for within your first year of marriage. Your divorce lawyer will be able to advise on the best course of action dependent on your situation.
Reasons for divorce
Applying for a divorce comes with the necessity to prove that your marriage has completely broken down; this will be one or more of the following five reasons:
- Adultery – The husband or wife has engaged in sexual intercourse with somebody else. However, you cannot file for divorce on grounds of adultery if you knew about the adultery and continued living with your other half for over 6 months.
- Unreasonable behaviour – Behaviour that makes it unreasonable for the both of you to live together; this could be physical abuse, verbal slurs, drug taking and more.
- Desertion – The husband or wife has left for 2 years.
- Separation for 2 years – If you and your partner have been separated for 2 years and mutually agree you can get a divorce.
- Separation for 5 years – If you and your partner have been separated for 5 years you can get a divorce without needing consent from the other party.
Know the facts before you apply for a divorce and choose from a list of qualified solicitors before you take the plunge.