The only ground for divorce is the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. In other words, you must be sure that there is no possibility of a reconciliation. If your marriage has irretrievably broken down, you must be able to prove one of the following:
- Your spouse has committed adultery and you find it intolerable to live with them.
- Your spouse has behaved in such a way that you cannot reasonably be expected to live with them.
- Your spouse has deserted you and you have lived apart for at least 2 years.
- You and your spouse have already separated and have lived apart for 2 years and both agree to there being a divorce
- You and your spouse have already separated and have lived apart for at least 5 years.
An undefended divorce goes through entirely on the paperwork and usually no attendance is required at court by you or your spouse.
You can complete your divorce without having to finalise the finances and property aspects. You can bring claims for finance, property and pension orders in the divorce proceedings before or after Decree Absolute which the final order in the divorce. For further basic information go to www.gov.uk/divorce/overview.
Everyone’s circumstances are different and the financial settlement is tailored to your individual circumstances. For personalised advice, please telephone for an appointment our Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria office on 01229 820297