Grounds for Divorce in England
Traveling through other countries gets me wondering what divorce is like here as opposed to in India. What is interesting about divorce in England are
the reasons for applying for divorce. On a perfectly simple website of the government of UK, in language easily understandable by the common man they have the following justifications listed.
You must show there are good reasons for ending your marriage. You can give 5 grounds for a divorce.
Your husband or wife had sex with someone else of the opposite sex, and you can no longer bear to live with them.
You can’t give adultery as a reason if you lived with your husband or wife for 6 months after you found out about it.
Your husband or wife behaved so badly that you can no longer bear to live with them.
This could include:
- physical violence
- verbal abuse, eg insults or threats
- drunkenness or drug-taking
- refusing to pay for housekeeping
Your husband or wife has left you:
- without your agreement
- without a good reason
- to end your relationship
- for more than 2 years in the past 2½ years
You can still claim desertion if you have lived together for up to a total of 6 months in this period.
You have lived apart for more than 2 years
You can get a divorce if you’ve lived apart for more than 2 years and both agree to the divorce.
Your husband or wife must agree in writing.
You have lived apart for more than 5 years
Living apart for more than 5 years is usually enough to get a divorce, even if your husband or wife disagrees with the divorce.
Fascinating, isn’t it? The simplicity of it compared to the convoluted laws regarding divorce in India. Any website with divorce information is couched in incomprehensible legalese as if to make it impossibly difficult to divorce.