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Family Law Services from Comptons Solicitors

Divorce and Separation

Divorce and Separation

Our expert team will help guide you through your divorce and separation considering all elements including but not limited to children and financial settlements.

To apply for a divorce you must have been married for at least one year. The ground for divorce is the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. This must be based upon one of the five following facts:

  • Adultery
  • Unreasonable behaviour
  • Desertion for a period of more than two years
  • Two years separation by consent
  • Five years separation without consent
Delivering certainty during uncertain times

Facing a divorce or separation can be a challenging time. Often, emotions can run high as you deal with a number of factors like where you will live, how your finances will be managed and ensuring you limit the impact for your children.

Looking to better understand the process? All of the steps can be viewed by downloading our Divorce Procedure flowchart

Dissolution of a Civil Partnership

Similar to divorce the process for dissolution of a civil partner is on the basis that there is an irretrievable breakdown of the partnership by relying on one of the four grounds.

You can only apply for a dissolution of civil partnership if you have been in a civil partnership for more than one year.

  • Unreasonable behaviour – your civil partner has behaved in such a way that you cannot reasonably be expected to live with them.
  • Desertion – your civil partner has deserted you for a continuous period of at least two years immediately preceding the presentation of the dissolution petition.
  • Two years separation by consent – you have lived apart for a continuous period of at least two years immediately preceding the presentation of the dissolution petition and your civil partner consents to the dissolution being granted. 
  • Five years separation – you have lived apart for a continuous period of at least five years immediately preceding the presentation of the dissolution petition.

Looking for legal advice regarding divorce and separation? Get in touch.

Who to speak to at Comptons

Kiran Reyat
Head of Family Law
+44 (0)20 4538 5417
kiran@comptons.co.uk