Are you in search of divorce solicitors in Weybridge? If you are, then look no further than Prentice Family Law. We are a firm of solicitors who have a wealth of experience in family matters and can therefore deal with your problems in an effective and efficient manner.

An introduction to family law

In today’s society, divorce and family matters have become increasingly common. What was once considered a taboo is now often encouraged and applauded in certain cases. We live in a world where people are no longer forced or compelled to remain in a marriage that they do not wish to be a part of. Historically, divorce was something that did not get discussed and was frowned upon, but today, divorce is freely spoken about and televised, particularly when it comes to celebrity divorces. If you feel that you are in a marriage that you no longer wish to be in, then contact your local divorce solicitors in Weybridge and they will be more than happy to assist you with your individual needs and circumstances.

What is divorce?

Your divorce solicitors in Weybridge will be able to tell you that the legal definition of divorce is when the marriage has irretrievably broken down. This is the only time that you are able to get a divorce in the UK which means this is the only ground for divorce that the court will accept. There are five ways in which it can be proven that a marriage has irretrievably broken down and these are as follows: adultery, two years separation (and if both parties agree), five years separation, desertion and unreasonable behaviour.

You will only be required to prove that one of these facts has taken place, you do not need to prove that all five facts are proven before you can obtain a divorce. One of the most common reasons that people file for divorce is adultery.

What is adultery?

Adultery is the legal term used to describe a situation where one partner in the relationship is not faithful to another. For adultery to be committed and to file a petition for divorce, the husband must have had sexual intercourse with a woman other than his wife and vice versa. The UK law does not yet consider sexual intercourse with someone of the same sex to be adultery; therefore, this does not fulfil the requirement for divorce.

In addition, it is important that if your partner has committed adultery, you must not live together for at least 6 months after the adultery has been committed otherwise you will forgo your right to use adultery as your grounds for divorce.

As you can see, adultery has a very particular definition in the eyes of the law in order that people do not bring cases for divorce against their partners over menial and mediocre reasons. It is therefore important that you take the correct legal advice from your solicitors before deciding how you wish to proceed.