The end of a marital relationship is often challenging for all parties involved. If you and your partner have reached the difficult decision that divorce is the necessary path forward, familiarising yourself with the grounds for divorce in the UK is crucial to embark on the legal journey of separation.
The process may seem overwhelming at the outset, but our team of dedicated family law solicitors at Adel Jibs & Co Solicitors are equipped with the expertise and empathy to guide you through this difficult process, enabling you to turn a new leaf in your life.
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What Constitutes Grounds for Divorce
The law stipulates sets of grounds for divorce, which essentially are reasons accepted by the court to grant a divorce. Among these, unreasonable behaviour is often cited as the most prevalent ground for divorce, as it permits couples to legally separate without necessitating a separation period of at least two years.
To proceed with a divorce in the UK, you need to meet certain prerequisites:
- You must have been married for a minimum of 12 months
- At least one party of the marriage must reside in England or Wales, or if living overseas, consider England or Wales as their permanent home
- You must be able to convince the court that you meet the criteria for one of the grounds for divorce
In the UK, the grounds for divorce include:
Adultery: You should be able to demonstrate that your spouse had sexual intercourse with a person of the opposite sex, and as a result, you find it impossible to live with your spouse.
Unreasonable Behaviour: You need to provide evidence that your spouse has acted in a manner that you cannot reasonably be expected to live with them. Examples could include habitual excessive drinking or consistent financial recklessness.
Desertion Although rarely invoked, this ground requires proving that your spouse intended to desert you throughout 2 years of abandonment.
Separation for Two Years with Consent: If you and your spouse have lived separately for a minimum of two years following the presentation of your divorce petition, and you both consent to a divorce, this constitutes a ground for divorce.
Separation for Five Years without Consent: If you and your spouse have lived separately for five years post the presentation of your divorce petition, you can file for divorce even without the consent of your spouse.
How Can Adel Jibs & Co Solicitors Assist With My Divorce Proceedings?
Our specialist divorce solicitors at Adel Jibs & Co Solicitors bring a wealth of experience and sensitivity in guiding individuals through the intricacies of divorce proceedings.
Our services range from helping you identify the most appropriate ground for divorce to simplifying the often complicated paperwork associated with the process. We aim to alleviate unnecessary stress from this already difficult situation, offering comprehensive legal solutions.
Contact our team of experienced family law solicitors at Adel Jibs & Co Solicitors today to embark on your legal journey towards a fresh start.
Please note that the information provided here serves general purposes only and should not be considered a substitute for professional legal advice.