Divorce is a very personal experience. Only you know when it’s time to take the final step and end your marriage. Your partner may not even agree. When you choose Saracens Solicitors as your divorce solicitor in London, we can help you with the legal and administrative side of divorce to alleviate some of the burden during difficult times. We can help you understand the legal grounds for divorce, which may be applicable to your situation.
When you make an application for divorce, you need to tell the court what your general reasons are. While you can make a longer statement if you wish to, you can also choose from a number of common grounds. Most applications fall into these categories.
Contact Saracens Solicitors before you make your application, if possible. When we act as your divorce solicitor in London, we can help you make an application that will put you in a strong position, just in case there is a dispute at a later date.
Grounds for divorce explained
There is only one ground for divorce, that the marriage has broken down irretrievably.
To prove this, there are 5 facts which you can base the divorce on as laid out by the government:
- Adultery – it can be tricky to prove adultery if the other partner is not prepared to admit to it so it’s worth discussing this possibility prior to applying for divorce on this fact. It may be that your situation meets one of the other criteria and that this is easier to prove;
- Unreasonable behaviour – this fact can cover any conditions under which you cannot reasonably be expected to live. This might include domestic violence, substance abuse or a partner not paying their way. At Saracens Solicitors, we have experience helping people in sensitive situations. When we work as your divorce solicitor in London, you can rely on us for discretion, support, and legal advice;
- Desertion – this is where your partner has left in order to end your relationship or without good reason. There are various time periods and conditions that must be met in order to use this as the fact for divorce;
- You have lived apart for more than 2 years and both parties agree to the divorce;
- You have lived apart for at least 5 years regardless of whether both parties agree to the divorce.