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Divorce and the armed forces

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Going through the breakup of a marriage can be one of the most stressful experiences a couple can go through. For those people serving in our armed forces there are additional stresses such as having to inform their unit of a change in their Personal Status Category and having to move out of their Service Family Accommodation.

With this in mind it is important to know your options.

Currently in England and Wales for a divorce to proceed, 1 of 5 grounds needs to be proven;

  1. Adultery
  2. Unreasonable behaviour
  3. Separation with Consent after 2 years
  4. Separation without Consent after 5 years
  5. Desertion after 2 years.

The Office for National Statistics report, in the most recent figures they have from 2019, that just under half of all divorces were based on unreasonable behaviour.   This will hopefully reduce with “no fault divorce” becoming a reality in April 2022.

Often the allegations can be hurtful and even untrue.  The clients I see are often concerned what will happen if they don’t defend what has been written about them. Defending proceedings can be costly and stressful.  However, the responding party can tell the Court they do not object to the divorce itself, but do object to the particulars, meaning that they are not in agreement with what has been said about them. This allows the divorce to progress with no prejudice to the client. Divorce documents are private and as such are not disclosed to anyone else without permission from the Court.

FDR have a wealth in experience in divorce matters and assist clients in Warrington, Cheshire and across the North West.

If you would like further information and how it may affect you then please do not hesitate to contact Darren White on darren.white@fdrlaw.co.uk or ring Darren or another member of our Family team on 01925 230 000.