Family & Divorce
Divorce is the legal ending of a marriage. The only ground for divorce in this country is irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. This needs to be proven by one of five facts:
• admitted adultery
• unreasonable behaviour
• 2 years separation with consent
• 5 years separation or desertion
You need to be married for a minimum of 12 months before you can start divorce proceedings.
Providing the divorce is undefended, it is a paper exercise and neither party needs to attend court, unless there is a dispute over the payment of costs. The divorce will usually takes between 4 to 6 months to be concluded, irrespective of which fact is being relied on.
The media’s view of a quickie celebrity divorce is a myth. It is open for the petitioner, (the person bringing the divorce), to ask the court to order that the respondent, (the other party), be responsible for all or some of their costs. We always recommend that an agreement is reached on the issue of who will pay the costs before the divorce papers are sent to the court.
We are able to offer a fixed fee for divorce whether you are the petitioner or the respondent. We follow the family law protocol and will ensure that proceedings are conducted as amicably and openly as possible.