are the Grounds For Divorce?
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1 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973
The law on
divorce is set out in Part 1 of the
Matrimonial Causes Act 1973
(MCA). MCA 1973, s.1
(1) provides only one ground for divorce
and that is that the marriage has
irretrievably broken down.
It is not
enough however for the spouse who wants
to divorce to simply state that the
marriage has irretrievable broken down.
first is that the petitioner must have
been married for at least a period of one
second is that the petitioner must
establish one of the five
facts, even if it is self-evident
that the marriage has irretrievably
yearsseparation with consent
years separation without consent