​It can be a very difficult decision that your marriage has come to an end, in some cases the decision to divorce may be yours, in other cases it will that of your partner.  Whether the marriage is long or short it can be a very traumatic experience to go through which can affect where you life, your financial situation and your children.


The first step in the divorce process is to file a divorce petition with the Court; the person who files the petition is the petitioner and the other person is the respondent.  There is only one ground for divorce which is irretrievable breakdown of the marriage and the petitioner has to prove one of the following facts:


  • Adultery – that the respondent has committed adultery and the petitioner finds it intolerable to live with the respondent.

  • Unreasonable behaviour – that the respondent has behaved in such a way that the petitioner cannot reasonably be expected to live with the respondent.

  • Desertion – that the respondent has deserted the petitioner for a continuous period of at least 2 years.

  • 2 years separation with consent – that the parties to the marriage have lived apart for a continuous period of at least 2 years and the respondent consents to the divorce.

  • 5 years separation – the parties to the marriage have lived apart for a continuous period of at least 5 years.



We are able to advise you whether you are able to prove the legal ground that the marriage has irretrievably broken down and take you through the divorce process until Decree Absolute which ends your marriage is pronounced.


Fees – we may be able to offer you a fixed fee for your divorce; if you would like more information on our fees, then please contact us via email at jane@janechandlerfamilylaw.co.uk  or call 03301 333 862.


It is important that a financial settlement is made within divorce proceedings and for more information on this, please go to Financial Settlements.

Jane Chandler Family Law