Unfortunately, around 30 % of marriages end up in divorce. The fact that you are here means it is highly likely you are either considering getting divorced or separated or are in the middle of the process and require further advice.

Before finding out what we can do to help, it is important to understand that there are legal requirements for both divorce and separation.


In order to get divorced, you will have to have been married for at least 12 months and show that your marriage has ‘irrecoverably broken down’.  In addition, you will have to show one of the following:

  • Your partner has committed adultery
  • Your partner has deserted you for two years
  • You and your partner have lived apart for a period of two years or longer and both parties consent to a divorce
  • You and your partner have lived apart for five years or more
  • Your partner has exhibited ‘unreasonable’ behaviour

If you have the grounds to get divorced and your partner does not contest the divorce, it is quite a straightforward process.  If the divorce courts are satisfied with your application, they will issue a decree nisi, which states that divorce will be legally completed after six weeks and one day.  The decree absolute states that the divorce is legally complete and the parties are no longer married.


Legally, separation is called ‘judicial separation’.  There is no legal requirement for 12 months of marriage as there is with divorce.  However, it needs to be shown that the marriage has broken down such that the couple can no longer be expected to live together in addition to one of the above grounds (unreasonable behaviour etc.).

What we can do to help

Knowing that divorce can be a stressful process fraught with uncertainty, our divorce solicitors strive to adopt a sensitive approach and take away some of the strain by translating the law into simple, easy to understand English.  Where possible, we will try to mediate any issues that arise with the aim of saving your time, money and stress.

To find out what our divorce law specialists can do to help, get in touch with us at your earliest convenience.

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