Divorce petitions can be based on the following facts:
If you are getting divorced you should also consider updating your will.
A divorce generally takes around six months, but this can be longer or shorter depending on how co-operative each partner is.
If you wish to defend a divorce, for example for religious reasons or denying the facts within the petition, this can make a divorce extremely expensive. If you wish to protest against one of the five facts, you should bear in mind that this will not be used by the court to deal with Children's or financial issues (unless the allegations are very serious). Defending a divorce is very unusual.
The proceedings can be stopped at any time until the Decree Absolute is issued. The court may adjourn at any stage if it will enable attempts at reconciliation.
Settling the finances between yourself and your partner is separate to the divorce proceedings, although it is sensible for this to happen at the same time. If an agreement cannot be made then an application can be made for the Family Law Court to deal with a financial settlement. If an agreement can be reached your divorce Solicitor can draft a Consent Order for you.
When signed by both parties this document can be lodged with the Court for approval at any time after the Decree Nisi is pronounced. When approved by the court, this agreement will become legally binding on both parties.