Divorce is often a difficult and painful process. We have extensive knowledge of acting for both husbands and wives in divorce, judicial separation and nullity proceedings and can advise on the division of assets and financial provision for children. We regularly deal with complex issues surrounding divorce, including family businesses, trusts, offshore financial structures and pensions. We offer sensitive and practical advice and assistance to guide our clients through this process.
Grounds of Divorce
For there to be a divorce you must have been married for at least one year and one party must be able to demonstrate that the marriage has broken down irretrievably by relying upon one of the following facts:
- one party has committed adultery and the other finds it intolerable to live with them
- one party has behaved in such a way that the other cannot reasonably be expected to live with them
- one party has deserted the other for a period of at least two years
- the parties have been living apart for two years and their spouse agrees to a divorce
- the parties have been living apart for five years
We also advise on the variation or enforcement of existing financial and property orders made in divorce or related proceedings.