The legal process of ending a marriage or civil partnership can have a major emotional and financial impact on all family members. This is why we endeavour from the outset to devise a plan of action, in order minimise the impact on you.
Divorce is based upon a no fault system, but it nevertheless remains necessary to establish to the satisfaction of the court one of the five grounds set out below in support of establishing that the marriage has irretrievably broken down:-
- Unreasonable behaviour.
- Two years separation with the consent of the other spouse.
- Five years separation.
The spouse issuing the Petition will be known as the Petitioner and the spouse in receipt of the divorce proceedings will be the Respondent.
Sometimes people worry about whether they should be the Petitioner or Respondent within the divorce process. It is generally inadvisable to spend time and money debating with your spouse, or Solicitor, as to which particular role should be adopted by either party.
Assuming you have reached the conclusion that the marriage has irretrievably broken down, it is often better to regard the divorce process itself as a means to an end, and as a vehicle to deal with all the important issues flowing from the marriage breakdown, like the financial proposals for settlement and the arrangements for the children.
Contact us today to find out more or to arrange your free initial 30 minutes consultation with one of our family lawyers.