Divorce/Civil Partnership Breakups
Services we offer:
In Northern Ireland divorces are normally dealt with by the County Court or the High Court.
In Northern Ireland, in order to apply for a divorce, you must satisfy one of the following grounds:
You can proceed with a no fault divorce if you have been living separately for at least two years and your spouse consents to the divorce
If you have been living apart for a period of five years – the consent of your spouse is not required
If not you can proceed with a fault based divorce on on of the following 5 grounds:
- Unreasonable behaviour
- Failure to provide maintenance for your spouse
- Failure to provide maintenance for your children
In Northern Ireland divorces are normally dealt with by the County Court or the High Court. If you are the Petitioner and wish to apply for a divorce, we will take your instructions and draft the required documents on your behalf. You can authorise us to accept service of divorce proceedings on your behalf, if you are the Respondent.
Most divorce cases in Northern Ireland are dealt with by way of an uncontested hearing and as a Petitioner you must attend Court. All contested divorces are prepared carefully by us and are heard by the Judge.
After hearing a divorce petition, the Judge normally grants a Decree Nisi of divorce and in many cases we will apply for your Decree Absolute after six weeks and one day. This has the effect of dissolving the marriage and bringing it to an end.
The Court also has the power to make further orders in respect of your financial position, maintenance entitlement and property adjustments/transfer. We also deal with cases with an international element.
For same sex couples, who wish to dissolve their civil partnership, we provide advice and guidance on how to manage the dissolution process.
Each case is different and we will advise you in relation to any of these matters which may be relevant to your case.