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Family Law - Divorce

Figures released by the government show that sadly 42% of marriages can be expected to end in divorce and that in almost half of all divorces there is at least one child involved. Divorce can be one of the most difficult periods of life which makes it all the important to seek advice from an experienced and sympathetic solicitor who can help you to obtain Decree Absolute in timely and dignified manner.

It is possible to obtain a divorce without the agreement of your spouse though it is better if agreement can be reached. The divorce itself is in 2 parts with firstly Decree Nisi being pronounced before Decree Absolute is pronounced at least 6 weeks and 1 day afterwards. The process of obtaining a divorce is usually a relatively straightforward one but the resolution of practical, financial and child related arrangements is where expert advice can make all the difference.

  • You must show that your marriage has irretrievably broken down and then establish one of the 5 facts.
  • The 5 facts are adultery, unreasonable behaviour, desertion, separation for 2 years with consent and separation for 5 years.
  • You must have been married for at least 12 months.
  • Agreement over the content of a petition, if possible, can be a sensible way forward.
  • A recent change in the law means that a separate document detailing arrangements for the children is no longer part of the divorce process.