Divorce Law

Because this is likely to be an incredibly stressful time in your life you are understandably going to have many questions, such as, “how long will the whole process take?”, “What are the costs and how will I pay for this?” We will always try to ensure you have the facts upfront and are able to see how the process will go from start to finish.

Whilst the legal terminology such as “decree nisi” and “decree absolute” may seem alien we will ensure that the process is understandable and clear.

There is one “ground” on which a divorce is based and that is that the marriage has “irretrievably broken down”- what this essentially means is that one, or both, of the parties considers that the marriage has come to an end and there is no way of resolving the issues between them. This ground for divorce must be backed up by at least one of five “facts”, these being adultery, unreasonable behaviour, by your spouse’s desertion for two years, two years separation where both parties consent to the divorce or five years separation (the other party does not have to consent). You may ask whether your spouse’s actions amount to unreasonable behaviour, or you have previously forgiven an affair and wonder whether you can change your mind and start divorce proceeding based on this, we will answer those questions and help you proceed on the right basis for you.

You may qualify for exemption from court fees- we will advise you about this.