What are the grounds for Divorce/Dissolution?
There is only one ground of divorce/dissolution, namely irretrievable breakdown of marriage/partnership. This must be shown by proving one of the following facts:
Of these only adultery and unreasonable behaviour are regarded as "fault based" grounds, however when it comes to dealing with the finances and the arrangements for the children, the reason for the Divorce or Dissolution is generally irrelevant.
Most Divorces and Dissolutions are dealt with nowadays by consent. This means both parties accept the marriage/partnership is over and they are going through the procedure to have this confirmed. Unfortunately we do still come across cases where an awkward ex is determined to do everything they can to frustrate the other person. In these cases an experienced solicitor like Routh Clarke is key to “encourage" co-operation. We offer a fixed fee service on all Divorces/Dissolutions not requiring court hearings (and most do not).