Divorce is the formal process that brings a marriage to an end. Civil partnership dissolution is the equivalent for couples in a civil partnership. Usually, this can be done entirely on paper. You will not be required to attend court in most cases.
The divorce process is entirely separate from working out how to share out money or property, or what arrangements should be made for your children. It simply ends the marriage.
At present, one spouse must ‘petition’ for divorce against the other, even if both of you have agreed to divorce. The court will grant the divorce if it is satisfied that the petitioner has proved the marriage has irretrievably broken down. This can be proved by the other spouse’s adultery, unreasonable behaviour or desertion, or if you have lived separately for two years and your spouse consents to the divorce, or if you have lived separately for five years.
The reasons for the divorce do not usually affect the financial division, or arrangements for children.
If necessary, the terms of a divorce can be negotiated in mediation, in the collaborative law process, or using traditional solicitor-to-solicitor negotiation techniques.
Please download our information sheet if you would like more details about what is involved in obtaining a divorce. Alternatively, you can call Gail, Sue, Adam, Simon, Tricia or Natalie on 01223 443333 for a confidential initial discussion.