Grounds for Divorce

A divorce will only be granted if you or your partner can prove that your marriage no longer exists on a permanent basis.

Legally, this is called an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. For this to be proved there must be a reason:

  • you or your partner has behaved unreasonably
  • you or your partner has committed adultery
  • your partner deserted you at least two years ago
  • you have lived apart for at least two years (if you both agree to the divorce)
  • you have lived apart for at least five years (if one of you doesn’t agree to the divorce)