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I am planning to divorce my wife who is in an adulterous relationship.

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I am planning to divorce my wife who is in an adulterous relationship. I understand "adultery" is a way of getting a divorce within 6-9 months. Is "irretrievable breakdown" similarly quick?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: UK Family Law
Expert:  Thomas replied 6 years ago.



There is only one ground on which divorce can be obtained and that is an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. You prove this by citing one of five facts:

1. Unreasonable behaviour

2. Adultery

3. 2 year separation with consent of both parties

4. 5 year separation without the consent of the other party

6. Desertion.


If the divorce petition is likely to be acknowledged by the respondent and not defended in open court then no one of the 5 facts take any longer than the other.


A divorce within 6-9 months is possible on the basis that it is an undefended claim and you are able to agree a financial settlement without protracted negotiation.

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