If you have reached the decision that your marriage is at an end, then provided you have been married for at least one year, you can issue a divorce petition based upon one of the following:-
- Unreasonable behaviour
- Desertion for a continuous period of at least 2 years
- Separation for a period of at least 2 years and your Spouse / Civil Partner agrees to the divorce / dissolution
- Separation for a continuous period of at least 5 years
Normally a divorce takes approximately 6 months from start to finish, although if there are financial aspects to the divorce then we normally advise not applying for the final Decree, known as Decree Absolute, until financial issues have been resolved.