Grounds for Divorce in England and Wales
In England and Wales, you can only divorce if you have been married for at least one year. There is
only one basic ground for divorce: the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage.
You can prove irretrievable breakdown by establishing one or more of the
following 'facts' for divorce:
1. Adultery - Your spouse has committed adultery and you find it is unbearable to live with them any more.
2. Unreasonable behaviour - Your spouse has behaved in a way that
means you cannot reasonably be expected to live with them any more.
3. Desertion - If your partner has deserted (or left) you for a period of
more than two years, and did not seek your agreement first, and there
was no good reason.
4. 2 year separation - You have lived separately for more than two years and your spouse consents to the divorce.
5. 5 year separation - You and your spouse have lived separately for more than five years.