It may be that you wish to end an unhappy marriage or you may have received a divorce petition from your spouse. Whatever has happened, it is completely natural to start worrying about the future, your finances, your home and your children.
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The UK Divorce Process
In order to apply for a divorce you must provide proof that your marriage has broken down and to do this, you’ll need to give one of the following five reasons:
- Lived separately for over 2 years (both parties need to consent)
- Lives separately for over 5 years (you can apply for divorce even if spouse disagrees)
Divorce Proceedings For A Marriage Abroad
Divorce proceedings can be brought in the UK, regardless of where the marriage took place (i.e abroad). However, to file a divorce petition in the UK, one of the following must apply:
- Both spouses live in England or Wales with intention of permanent residence
- Both spouses have lived in England or Wales with the intention of permanent residence, and one of you still lives here
- The spouse that has filed the divorce petition lives in England or Wales but has the intention of permanent residence
- The spouse that has filed the divorce petition has lives in England or Wales for at least 12 months