When two people get married, it’s normally expected that they will stay together for the rest of their lives. However, even though the rate of divorces in the UK may be falling, it’s still a sorry fact that over 1/3 of marriages will end in divorce. If this is a situation you find yourself in, here’s some information which may be useful.
If you want to obtain a divorce, there are a couple of criteria you first need to satisfy before you can submit your Divorce Petition. First of all, you will need to have been married for at least 1 year. Secondly, you need to be able to show that the marriage has irretrievably broken down. This is the only reason for divorce in England and Wales, and there are a number of possible grounds for this break down.
Adultery – If your partner admits being unfaithful, or you are able to prove it, then you should have grounds for a divorce. While you do not necessarily need to move out of the marital home in order to submit the Divorce Petition, it will need to be submitted within 6 months of finding out about the affair if you are using it as a reason for the divorce.
Unreasonable Behaviour – This can cover a wide range of issues in the marriage, and not all of them as serious as you might think. If you can’t reasonably be expected to continue living with your spouse for some particular reason, you should be able to submit a Divorce Petition. This is probably the most commonly cited reason for divorce in England and Wales.
Desertion – When your partner leaves you for a period of 2 years or more without your consent, this is classed as Desertion, and is another reason for seeking a divorce.
Separation – If you and your spouse have lived separately for a certain period of time, this would be another reason for petitioning for a divorce. The time period varies, depending on whether you both agree to the divorce. If you do, and have lived separately for a period of 2 years or more, you should have grounds for a divorce. If one partner doesn’t agree to the divorce, this time period has to be 5 years.
Despite the fact you feel as though your marriage might be over, divorce isn’t your only option. There are lots of excellent counselling options in the Leeds and West Yorkshire area, that have helped a large number of couples work out their differences and get back on track. Alternatively, you may decide to consider a trial separation, to gain a fresh perspective on the relationship, and whether or not it can be fixed.