If you find yourself in a legal situation that requires the application of UK family law, then eventually, you may have to face trial in the Family Court. Of course, you may heard that not all family law situations require an actual hearing in the Family Court. This is because more and more people are realizing the importance of having a family law expert on their side. A family law expert or a solicitor who specializes particularly in family law can be essential when you have a case that involves family law.
A family law expert can assess your particular legal situation and then fully explain to you just where you stand from the perspective of the law. Then, you will be able to know what are your legal options as well as what might be the best course of action to take depending on the legal remedies that are available. This is how a family law expert may be able to help you avoid having to face trial. There are actually avenues for alternative dispute resolution that can be explored with the help of your attorney.
Is there a two-year requirement before I can file for a divorce?
Generally, this is the case, but of course every rule has an exception and even in divorce there are exceptions wherein you will be able to file for a divorce immediately. First of all consider the grounds for divorce in the UK
* Unreasonable behaviour
* 2 years separation with consent
* 5 years separation (no consent required)
For desertion as well as both types of separation, then the time requirement is essential. However, you’ll notice that adultery and unreasonable behaviour are also grounds for divorce. Both of these grounds for divorce can be filed for immediately as long as you can prove the adultery or that the unreasonable behaviour is enough to convince the court that divorce is necessary. For this reason, having a family law expert on your side can be extremely advantageous. You may be able to initiate a non-disputed divorce on the grounds of unreasonable behavior as long as the behavior is convincing enough to the court. It does not have to be anything serious. In fact, 47% (almost half) of all divorces that occur in the UK are based on the grounds of unreasonable behavior. Some examples of unreasonable behavior include lack of trust and one partner hiding surveillance equipment in the house or in a particular room in order to monitor their partner’s actions, simple
irresponsibility with money, making your partner feel guilty, being extremely work obsessed as to not have time for their spouse. As you can see, many of these grounds are actually not that serious, but with sufficient evidence they can be used as a ground for divorce.
What about the property relations after divorce?
The property relations can actually be worked out separately while the divorce is still pending in court. Fortunately, this is where alternative methods of divorce resolution including collaborative law and mediation can be used.