Grounds for Divorce
It’s common for people to say Grounds for Divorce but in English Law there is only one Ground for Divorce: that the marriage has irretrievably broken down. Evidence of an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage can include:
2/. Unreasonable Behaviour
3/. 2 Years Separation with Consent
4/. 5 Years Separation
It is very important that you get legal advice on divorce as early as possible to ensure that divorce proceedings are issued on the most appropriate basis. Amending Court documents at a later stage can lead to delay and unnecessary costs.
The Divorce Process begins with the petition being sent to the court by the Petitioner. The Petitioner must rely on one of five different facts to prove to the court that the marriage has “irretrievably broken down”. There is usually no need for the parties (the Petitioner and the Respondent) to attend court during the process. The Respondent will be required to complete a form called an Acknowledgement of Service once he or she receives the Divorce Petition, on which he or she can confirm that the divorce will not be defended. If this form is completed and returned to the court quickly, usually within 7-14 days, it will enable the Petitioner to proceed with the next stage of the divorce which is to apply for Decree Nisi. Once Decree Nisi has been pronounced, the Respondent can apply for the Decree to be made Absolute six weeks and a day later (43 days) and once Decree Absolute has been made (and not before) the marriage is