Most of the times, situations arise in the family where the law needs to be consulted. Family law covers all family-related issues and particularly deals with strained relationships. Perhaps the biggest aspect of family law is concerned with divorce – regrettably many relationships end bitterly and the law has to intervene. It is a sad fact that one in three marriages now end in divorce. It is probably true that even more non-married relationships fall apart. Another major part of family law is making provisions for children.

If you are in a relationship other than a traditional marriage, e.g. a cohabiting unmarried couple or civil partnership then it is important to be aware of your status in the eyes of the law. The law can also come to the aid of those who are victims of domestic abuse.

Divorce itself is not a particularly complex legal procedure, but family law solicitors are needed to help pick up the pieces, sort out the finances and make provisions for the children. It is amazing how such affectionate relationships can turn so bitter if things go awry.

In order to obtain a divorce you must have been married for at least 12 months and must be able to demonstrate that your marriage has suffered irretrievable breakdown. The process of obtaining a divorce is relatively straightforward.

In order to obtain a divorce, you need to demonstrate to the court that the marriage has broken down irretrievably. To do this you need to rely on one of the following supporting facts:


  • That your spouse has committed adultery
  • That your spouse has acted in such a way that it is unreasonable for you to be expected to continue living with them
  • That you and your spouse have lived apart for two years and your spouse consents to the divorce
  • That you and your spouse have lived apart for five years, whether or not your spouse consents to the divorce