How long does it take to get a divorce?
201910.17

How long does it take to get a divorce?

The most straightforward of divorces can be finalised in around 6-9 months, although how long a divorce takes will depend on several factors. In most cases it can take longer because of the time needed to reach a financial settlement  and agree other details, such as arrangements for children. The first step to getting a…

201910.09

Can I get divorced in England if I was married overseas?

The general rule is yes, you can get a divorce under English and Welsh law provided that you have complied with the requirements of a lawful marriage ceremony and you and/or your spouse are either habitual residents or domiciled in the UK. If you are able to satisfy the above criteria, then there will be…

201910.02

What are the grounds for Divorce?

There is only one ground for divorce, which is “the marriage has irretrievably broken down”. However, the divorce will only be granted if one of the five facts laid down by law, providing that irretrievable breakdown has been established. The five categories are: Adultery Unreasonable behaviour Desertion Two years’ separation with the consent of the respondent Five years’ separation (no…

Pensions on divorce – Why use a pensions expert?
201908.22

Pensions on divorce – Why use a pensions expert?

Pensions can be the largest assets in a divorce. They are often not fully understood or valued correctly. Understandably couples divorcing are more concerned with being able to afford a home and make ends meet now, rather than thinking about their income when they might retire many years in the future. Often divorcing couples ignore…

President offers his thanks to overloaded Family Court
201908.12

President offers his thanks to overloaded Family Court

Last week the President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, in an open letter dated 25th July, wrote: “I hope that this short message will be read by every judge, magistrate, HMCTS staff member, civil servant, CAFCASS officer, social work[er] and lawyer involved in the Family Justice System and Court of Protection in England…

No fault divorce – whose fault is it anyway?
201906.28

No fault divorce – whose fault is it anyway?

If you want to get divorced in England and Wales you must still provide reasons for the court. Unless you are relying on the fact that you have lived apart for at least 2 years then a petitioner must provide evidence that the respondent is at fault. In 2015 60% of divorces were based on…