What are the grounds for divorce?

There is only one ground for divorce/dissolution in England and Wales, and that is the irretrievable breakdown of the relationship. To prove to the Court that the relationship has broken down irretrievably, you must prove one of the following facts. (Note that facts 1-5 are available to married couples whilst facts 2-5 are available to civil partners):-

  1. Adultery
  2. Unreasonable behaviour
  3. Desertion
  4. Two years’ separation with consent
  5. Five years’ separation

If you want to discuss petitioning for divorce or dissolving a civil partnership, or if you want to organise a free, initial no obligation consultation, please contact Rowlinsons Solicitors by telephone on 01928 735333 and ask to speak with the family department.

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