The only ground for divorce in England and Wales is irretrievable breakdown of a marriage. Irretrievable breakdown can be proved by one of 5 facts which include: adultery (where it is admitted); unreasonable behaviour; two years’ separation and agreement to the divorce; five years’ separation and desertion.
The process will usually take about six months but it is usual not to finalise a divorce until you have resolved any financial issues.
We will draft the necessary documentation to obtain your divorce. Wherever possible we shall try to agree the wording of the documents with your husband or wife to enable the divorce to move forward without unnecessary delay or conflict.
If you have children you will file a form known as Statement of Arrangements for Children with the Divorce Petition. The court will want to be sure the children’s needs are adequately addressed before the divorce proceeds. We can assist you with making arrangements for your children.
If one or other of you live abroad, have lived abroad recently or are a foreign national it may be that you could obtain a divorce in another jurisdiction. We can advise you as to which country will be the best for you to divorce in. We have contacts with specialist family lawyers in numerous other jurisdictions and can liaise with them to ensure that you make the right decision. Nowadays choosing which country to divorce in can have enormous financial implications. It will often be critical to act quickly to protect your position and you should take advice as soon as possible.
Aaron & Partners’ Chester based team of specialist divorce solicitors, recommended in both the top legal directories Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500, will help and guide you through all aspects of your separation.