Please can someone give me urgent advice on the following:
I would like to divorce my husband who is a strict Catholic -I know he will not divorce me because of his beliefs. My sol said it could take as long as five years. Can the monies, properties be sorted before the five years?
I believe you can divorce him after 2 years if you can prove you have been separated for that period.
I am currently waiting for this time to pass !!
Surely if he is a catholic and is in your opinion not likely to want to divorce you, this should not stop you wanting to divorce him ?
A useful website is divorceonline.com- very useful esp the FAQ section
As I understand it you can only divorce after two years separation IF your husband agrees - I assume you mention he is a strict catholic because that means his religious beliefs mean he won't consent. If he won't consent then you have to wait 5 years.
Can you try and divorce him for unreasonable behaviour? He could fight it but you still might succeed.
Thanks for your much appreciate reply.
No i cant divorce him on the grounds of unreasonable behaviour because he is not a bad husband - im not in love with him anymore. My sol did mention this -but its not an option. Im down cos i dont want to wait for 5 years - thats to so so long!!!!
It depends what you think counts as 'unreasonable behaviour'; it doesn't just mean terrible things like he beats you or is drunk all the time, it can be an accumulation of lots of little things. There must be some reason you don't love him any more, people don't fall out of love for no reason whatsoever. I'd write down why you don't love him any more and ask your solicitor if there is grounds within that.
The main reason a divorce is granted is that a marriage has broken down irretrievably, my impression is that judges are reluctant to force people to stay married without very good reason and if you've gone to the trouble of suing for divorce on the grounds of unreasonable behaviour your marriage has clearly broken down, so meets the criteria. What experience have other people had? This is the argument given to us by our solicitor regarding this matter and it would be interesting to know if this is what's happening in reality.