Divorce and separation


When a marriage breaks down it is likely to cause heartbreak, uncertainty and worry.  If a Divorce becomes inevitable our family law team will provide clear, knowledgeable advice in an empathetic and straight forward manner.

We might not be able to take away the heartache but we will remove the uncertainty and worry.  We empower our clients to take control of the Divorce process and their lives.

Applying for a Divorce and the reasons
In order to apply to the Court for a Divorce either party must believe that the marriage has broken down irretrievably.  As the law stands at the moment, if the parties have not been separated for 2 years, it is necessary for one party to blame the other either due to Adultery or Unreasonable Behaviour.  If neither of these reasons apply it will be necessary to be separated for 2 years (if both parties consent) or 5 years separation without consent. 

No Fault Divorce
The Government recently passed legislation providing that parties will, at some point in the not too distant future, be able to apply for a Divorce without blaming the other party.  Initial indications are that this will not come into effect until the Autumn of 2021.

Timescales for Divorce
The Divorce process usually takes 6 to 12 months from start to conclusion depending upon Court delays.  It is unlikely you'll ever have to attend Court in relation to the Divorce as this is largely a paperwork exercise.

Online Divorce
At Tanners we are able to lodge Divorce Petitions/Applications online which can speed up the process and avoid the delays often encountered during the normal process.

Starting the process
If you would like to speak to one of our solicitors you can contact us in one of the following ways: