Wednesday, July 7, 2010

What are the grounds for divorce?

In England, Wales and Scotland, there is only one basic ground for divorce - the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. Irretrievable breakdown is proven by establishing one or more of the following 'facts':

Unreasonable behaviour
Desertion (this ground can no longer be used in Scotland)
Two-year separation in England and Wales or one-year in Scotland, when the other party consents to a divorce
Five-year separation in England and Wales or two-year in Scotland, in which case no consent is needed

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