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If relationship problems happen, you will need a caring lawyer providing accurate and realistic advice with cost-effective solutions. Listening, understanding, keeping an open mind, and delivering practical solutions are our strengths. We aim to conclude matters through conciliation and negotiation and are committed to giving the best quality service to obtain the best results for our clients. All matters are dealt with by specialists working with financial discipline and drive. When you need the best divorce advice, we are available by email, telephone and fax.
Why AB Family Law?
At AB Family Law, we are here to support you through the divorce process. A divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership is available after a period of at least one year. This involves a Court process where normally neither party need attend Court.
The only ground for a divorce or dissolution in England and Wales is that the marriage or partnership has “broken down irretrievably”. The party who commences the proceedings is known as the Petitioner and the other party is known as the Respondent. A Judge will need to be satisfied that one of the following facts exists:-
- The parties have lived apart for a continuous period of at least two years immediately before the presentation of the Petition and the party who is the Respondent consents to the divorce or dissolution.
- The parties have lived apart for a continuous period of at least five years immediately before the presentation of the Petition and in this case, consent of the Respondent is not required.
- The Respondent has behaved in such a way that the other cannot reasonably be expected to live with that person (commonly known as unreasonable behaviour).
- The Respondent has deserted the Petitioner for a continuous period of at least two years immediately before presentation of the Petition (although this fact is rarely used these days).
In relation to a married couple only:
- The Respondent has committed adultery and the Petitioner finds it intolerable to remain living with the Respondent (provided less than six months have passed since the Petitioner became aware of the adultery).