Separating from a partner or going through a divorce is an emotional and stressful time. CRM Law realise this and can help to alleviate some of the pressure involved using their sensitive, supportive and non-confrontational approach to handling your legal obligations.
Divorce proceedings are started by filing a Divorce Petition at court. The person who starts the proceedings (the petitioner) must prove the marriage has irretrievably broken down under one of these conditions:
The respondent (the petitioner's partner) has committed adultery and the petitioner finds it intolerable to live with the respondent
The respondent has behaved in such a way (unreasonable behaviour) that the petitioner cannot be expected to live with the respondent
The respondent has deserted the petitioner for a continuous period of at least two years in the period immediately before the proceedings started
Both partners of the marriage have lived apart for a continuous period of at least two years immediately before proceedings started and the respondent agrees to the decree being granted
Both partners of the marriage have lived apart for a continuous period of at least five years immediately before proceedings started
If you are unsure whether to divorce or separate, come and talk to us, we can help to clarify the situation for you.
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If you are in a civil partnership then you would apply for the Dissolution of a Civil Partnership. The process is the same as a divorce, with the principal difference being that you cannot rely on the other person's adultery as a reason for the breakdown of your relationship.