If so, then you are already in the midst of a long process that can be mentally and emotionally exhausting. Just getting to the point of deciding to end a marriage is taxing, even if the decision is mutual and amicable, it is still a big loss. For some people, divorce is the only solution to a clash of personalities, for others there is mental and/or physical abuse involved. For many, there are children to be taken into consideration. Now though, comes the official side of things, which involves the law and the courts, both of which are unfamiliar to most people.
Getting through the divorce process smoothly and with as little animosity as possible is often easier if both parties hire a divorce solicitor in London.
At Saracens Solicitors, we can help with the legal decisions that come with divorcing, when we act as your divorce solicitor in London.
What decisions need to be made?
Firstly, you need to decide what your grounds for divorce are. The law recognises 5 different grounds for divorce and you, and possibly also your spouse, need to agree on one and present that to the court. Some grounds for divorce require no more than that, others require backing up with evidence, especially if the other party (your spouse) is contesting the divorce.
As your divorce solicitor in London, we can guide you as to which grounds are best suited to your case. We can go through any evidence with you to make sure it is sufficient.
The grounds for divorce
- You and your partner have lived apart for more than 2 years. Both parties must agree to this
- You and your spouse have lived apart for more than 5 years. For this, you do not require your partner’s agreement.
- Desertion – your partner left without your knowledge or agreement
- Adultery – your partner had sexual intercourse with another person. This ground only applies to adultery between a man and a woman, not between 2 people of the same sex
- Unreasonable behaviour – a broad category that covers any behaviour that creates problems or is distressing to the other party. This ground for divorce may require proof of the behaviour if the other party is contesting it.
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