If you have separated from your spouse and are considering divorce proceedings, you may be tempted by online services offering ‘quickie divorces’. Whilst the prospect of a ‘quick’ divorce may seem attractive in the first instance, there are significant risks that accompany this option which may actually result in protracted divorce proceedings or even cause financial detriment in the absence of legal advice as to the effect of decree absolute.
There is one ground for divorce in England and Wales and that is that the marriage has broken down irretrievably (Matrimonial Causes Act 1973). Parties must rely on one of the five facts provided for within the legislation to demonstrate to the court that the marriage has broken down irretrievably. One of these five facts is known as ‘unreasonable behaviour’ and this is evidenced in the divorce petition by the petitioner (the spouse applying for the divorce) preparing a concise statement of case referring to specific examples of their spouse’s ‘unreasonable behaviour’.