You have to have been married for at least one year.
To start the divorce process you file a divorce petition. The divorce petition will contain information about your marriage and your reasons for seeking a divorce. If you start the petition you are known as the “petitioner”, the other spouse the “respondent”.
It is advisable to instruct a solicitor if the divorce involves children or significant sums of money. Bear in mind that a solicitor cannot act for both spouses and you should each obtain your own independent legal advice.
Collaborative law is a highly effective way of resolving family disputes without the need to go to court - Sarah Finnis, Head of the Family Law team is a trained Collaborative Lawyer. Meetings take place with you and your partner and specially trained collaborative laywers. You work together to resolve issues and reach a solution that works best for you and your family. The process has many benefits; it is often less expensive, quicker and above all avoids going to court.
For further information and advice contact a member of our Family Law team.