Divorce – When and How?

In the UK a divorce can only be granted after at least one year of marriage and once it has been proved that the relationship has reached the point of “irretrievable breakdown”. How the matter proceeds from there depends largely on whether it is defended or undefended.

If defended or undefended you will need to prove at least one of the following:

  • adultery
  • your partner has behaved unreasonably
  • your partner deserted you at least two years ago
  • you’ve lived apart for at least two years (with the consent of the other party)
  • you’ve lived apart for at least five years (no consent required)

How do I start the Divorce Process?

Initially we would recommend you contact us for a chat. Everyone’s circumstances are different, so what suits you may not suit someone else. Our friendly and compassionate team will explain the whole process and all your options.

rhw solicitors have a knowledgeable and compassionate team of Family lawyers that will help advise and assist you during the difficult process.

rhw offer a standard fixed fee for your first meeting (of up to an hour) of £100.00 plus VAT.

Who to speak to? 

Need some advice or help on a Divorce matter? We have a friendly, experienced and effective team. E-mail the team at [email protected] or call 01483 302000

Want to contact a member of the team directly? Samantha Jago, Elizabeth Leah, Bethan Foster or Hannah Rose

Watch some advice from rhw’s team on initial steps in the Divorce Process:


Some typical issues which arise during the process:


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