Divorce/Civil Partnership Dissolution

There is one ground for divorce / Civil partnership dissolution which is that your marriage or civil partnership has irretrievably broken down. 

In order to establish irretrievable breakdown you have to prove one of the following 5 facts:-

  1. your spuse has committed adultery and you find it intolerable to live with them (Divorce only);
  2. your spouse/civil partner has behaved in such a way that you cannot reasonably be expected to live with them;
  3. You have been separated for a period of two years and you each consent to a divorce/dissolution; 
  4. Desertion;
  5. You have been separated for a period of five years or more.

The divorce/dissolution process is a paper based procedure and you should not need to attend at Court unless the process is defended by the other party or there are issues as to whom should bear the costs of the proceedings. 

The process tends to take an average of 4 months for undefended proceedings depending upon how quickly the other party responds and the speed at which the Court deals with the paperwork. 

The act of getting divorced/dissolving a civil partnership however does not deal with financial or children related issues and specialist advice is needed to ensure that you are fully informed as to your legal rights and obligations. See our pages on FinancesChildren.

We offer fixed fees for representing you in divorce/dissolution proceedings - Our Fees.

As experienced family law solicitors we can advise and guide you through the process to help you achieve the best possible outcome in the manner most appropriate for your situation. 

Read our recent Family Law blogs:

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The Myth of the Common Law Marriage

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