At some time during their marriage many people will reach a point at which the possibility of separation and divorce enters their minds.
For many people, this possibility will become a reality. These days there is a great deal of coverage about divorce in newspapers and on radio and television programmes.
Marriage breakdown is no longer a taboo subject, nor a social stigma, and it has obtained a high profile in our society. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why, when something does go wrong in a marriage, the couple assume that separation and divorce is the only solution.
This may very well be totally incorrect.
There may be any number of reasons why you consider your marriage is breaking down. Perhaps a gulf in communication has developed between you and your partner; or there may be financial problems which are producing strains and tensions upon the relationship.
Young children can be exhausting and time-consuming and this may also have taken its toll.
You can get a divorce if you have been married at least a year and your relationship has irretrievably (permanently) broken down.
You must have a marriage that is legally recognised in the UK, and have a permanent home in England or Wales.
There are 3 main steps to getting divorced:
File a divorce petition - you have to apply to the court for permission to divorce, and show reasons why you want the marriage to end.
Apply for a decree nisi - if your spouse agrees to the petition, you'll get a document saying there's no reason you can't divorce.
Apply for a decree absolute - this legally ends your marriage - you need to wait 6 weeks after you get the decree nisi before you can apply.