Under English law, couples who wish to divorce without waiting a period of two years need to demonstrate the ‘irretrievable breakdown’ of their marriage.
Critics argue that this often leads to a ‘blame game’ which can quickly turn into a bitter dispute – hence the widespread calls for the introduction of no-fault divorce in England and Wales.
However, not every divorce needs to involve a bitter dispute and, if two people who once loved each other are seeking an amicable split, there are other options currently available.
By seeking the advice of a specialist solicitor, couples who do not feel an intense bitterness toward one another can draw up a fair agreement – which can later be reviewed and approved by a family court.
Despite this, forming such agreements can be a difficult task under the circumstances, which is why it is crucially important that couples select a trained specialist with the right kind of background and experience for the job, to walk them through the process with as few complications as possible.
A trained expert can help couples to avoid unnecessary acrimony – which is particularly important in sensitive cases involving children.
Couples who are feeling bold about being able to communicate calmly and rationally with the view of reaching a mutual agreement might also wish to consider family law mediation. This again can enable couples to discuss their finances or other areas of a divorce dispute with a third party who may be able to help them reach an agreement.
MFG Solicitors’ family team can advise on divorce, separation, the dissolution of civil partnerships and all other aspects of family law, including the mediation process. For more information about how we could help you, please contact us.