Divorce/ Dissolution

Making the decision to divorce is not one that any couple comes to lightly


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What is the process of obtaining a divorce or dissolution?

  • 1 The Petitioner (spouse requesting the Divorce / Dissolution) files the Petition at the Family Court
  • 2 The Petition is sent out to the Respondent (spouse responding to the Divorce / Dissolution)and must confirm receipt of this document
  • 3 The Court will determine whether you are entitled to a Divorce / Dissolution
  • 4 Decree Nisi is pronounced
  • 5 Decree Absolute

The Decree Absolute officially dissolves the marriage.

What are the grounds for a Divorce / Dissolution?

When you apply to the Court for a Divorce / Dissolution you’ll need to confirm that your marriage / civil partnership has irretrievably broken down by relying on one of
the following reasons:

  • 1 Your spouse’s adultery
  • 2 Your spouse’s unreasonable behaviour
  • 3 Separation of two years with both spouses’ consent
  • 4 Separation of five years without both spouses’ consent
  • 5 Desertion

We appreciate that obtaining a Divorce / Dissolution can be overwhelming, especially at the start of the process, but our qualified specialists are on-hand to provide help and support for you during this challenging period of your life.



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