RP Crawford & Co Solicitors can advice on divorce matters inclusive of children, finances, property and assets. We are one of the most experienced divorce solicitors in Northern Ireland. We are here to guide you through this difficult time, supporting you right from the start and working with you to best resolve the issues.

Should you decide to end your marriage, the process of divorce can commence by proving the marriage has irretrievably broken down by satisfying one of the five grounds. However, prior to lodging divorce proceedings on any of the 5 grounds, it is important to note that you must be married for a period of at least 2 years before you can petition for divorce.


The Five Grounds For Divorce

  • Adultery

Adultery can be claimed if your partner or spouse has committed adultery during the course of the marriage. You must be able to prove that your spouse has committed adultery in order to proceed with divorce. The person whom your spouse has had an affair with can be named in the divorce papers. However, should you continue to live with your spouse for more than six months after they have committed adultery, you will not be able to use this as a claim for divorce.


  • Unreasonable Behaviour

Unreasonable behaviour occurs when a person in the marriage has acted in such a way that you are unable to reasonably continue living with them. This may include being subjected to physical violence, verbal abuse, drug or alcohol abuse or refusal to contribute towards shared living expenses. To use unreasonable behaviour as a claim for divorce, you must be able to prove that your spouse has behaved in a way which you can no longer live with them.


  • Desertion

This claim can be made if your husband or wife has effectively deserted you for over two years without reason or prior agreement and with a view to ending the relationship.


  • Two Years of Separation

This reason for divorce can be used when you have both lived separate lives for two years or more and your spouse consents to divorce. This usually refers to living at separate addresses however it is possible for a couple to be separated and live separate lives whilst living at the same address. This is a non fault ground where either partner can apply and agree to divorce in writing without assigning blame.


  • Five Years of Separation

You can also apply for divorce if you have been separated for at least 5 years before applying. This ground for divorce does not require the spouse or partner’s consent, they will simply acknowledge the commencement of divorce proceedings.


Contact RP Crawford & Co Solicitors

Proceeding with a divorce can be a stressful and worrying time. Should your marriage breakdown, it is vital to seek confidential, expert legal advice. If you require further advice on divorce proceedings or wish to arrange a consultation with our specialist divorce solicitors, please contact us on 028 9038 1024, email enquiries@rpcrawfordsolicitors.com or complete our online confidential enquiry form.