What are the grounds for divorce?
There is only one ground for divorce, which is that the marriage has broken down irretrievably. In order to commence divorce proceedings, a divorce petition must be filed with the Court. The person who completes the divorce petition is known as the petitioner. The divorce petition sets out that the marriage has irretrievably broken down and this must be proved based upon one of five facts.
New Year, New Start – What to consider when considering separation
For many, the New Year marks the beginning of a new chapter in life. For some this is a commitment to exercise more, eat healthier or learn a new hobby. For other however, this is the time when they finally make the difficult decision to separate.
Can the Court decide who the children should spend Christmas with?
For many, the period up to Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year and being able to plan is essential to preparing for a happy holiday. This year in particular, it has never felt more important to be able to enjoy time with loved ones. Unfortunately, for separated parents this can also be one of the most difficult times for co-operation. Stress and tensions can be high, which leads to disputes over when and where the children should spend their time over Christmas.