are the Grounds For Divorce?
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Section 1 of the Matrimonial
Causes Act 1973 states:-
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
It is not enough however for the
spouse who wants to divorce to simply state that
the marriage has irretrievable broken down.
There are two requirements.
1. The first
is that the petitioner must have been married for
at least a period of one year.
2. The second
is that the petitioner must establish one of the
five facts, even if it is
self-evident that the marriage has irretrievably
b Unreasonable behaviour
d Two yearsseparation with
e. Five years separation