Divorce or dissolution

Below is a brief overview of what you will find in this discussion of divorce and dissolution. This information applies only to England & Wales.

Background information

See Background information for information on:

  • When a divorce or dissolution is appropriate
  • Mediation
  • Which courts you can go to
  • An introduction to how the law treats children when their parents separate

Grounds and the facts to prove them

See Grounds and the facts to prove them for information on:

  • Irretrievable breakdown
  • Adultery
  • Unreasonable behaviour
  • Desertion
  • 2 years' separation
  • 5 years' separation


See Jurisdiction for information on:

  • The criteria to have your divorce or dissolution heard in a court of England & Wales
  • Domicile
  • Habitual residence

Divorce or dissolution orders

See Divorce or dissolution orders for information on:

  • The forms needed during the process
  • The order in which they must be filed
  • Time limits

Financial orders

See Financial orders for information on:

  • The financial arrangements that may need to be agreed between the parties
  • The steps to take to get a financial order
  • The issues the court will consider
  • The types of financial order available


See Children for information on:

  • The definition of 'child of the family'
  • How maintenance is decided
  • How to get a maintenance order

Changing names

See Changing names for information on:

  • Changing your name
  • Changing the name of a child

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