Application for a Divorce

You can apply for a divorce if you have been married for more than a year and can show that your marriage has irretrievably broken down. Currently this is done by proving one of five facts – adultery, behaviour, desertion, 2 years separation with consent, or 5 years separation.

Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament in London, England. The building is lit up and set against a dramatic sky with cars and busses zooming by on Waterloo Bridge.

Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill Briefing

The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill will have its second reading in the House of Commons on Monday 8 June 2020, having passed the Lords stage with support from across the Chamber. The Bill will allow couples to divorce without having to assign blame.

Talking to your children about the divorce

Once you and your partner have decided to split up, you need to plan how you will tell your children.

If possible, it is best if both of you can talk to your children together. However, this is only appropriate if you are able to manage your feelings and opinions about the divorce or separation.

It may be that you both have different opinions about why things did not work out or be in different stages of the emotional process. If talking to children together is going to create more tension, have separate discussions.

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