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If you intend to divorce on the grounds of separation (with consent), you will need to wait for a period of 2 years of separation.

Find out everything you need to know about getting a divorce in England and Wales using two years separation with the agreement as your reason for a divorce.

What is two years separation ground for divorce?

Divorce after 2 years separation is effectively the only no-fault ground for a divorce in England and Wales as there is no blame laid on either party.

It enables someone to present a divorce petition to the court on the basis that they have been separated for 2 years or more and that both parties consent to the divorce in writing.

It can be a straightforward and simple way to end your marriage, proving that;

  • Both parties are in an agreement to divorce.
  • You provide the court with exact details on your living arrangements.
  • The Respondent acknowledges the court and formally agrees to proceed.

The Respondent has to sign an acknowledgement of service form indicating that they consent to the divorce and that they confirm you have indeed been separated for 2 years or more.

You will need to provide the court with the addresses you have lived at and the dates you lived there since separating and leaving the family home.

Whilst in most cases this will involve one party moving out of the house, this is not always possible. You need to prove that you have been ‘living separately’, but not necessarily in separate houses.

What constitutes ‘living apart’ and is it possible to do so while living in the same household?

If you have lived in the same property during your separation, you must prove to the court that you have been living completely separate lives.

Living apart under the same household means that you don’t share, for example, finances, meals, social engagements and a bed.

You need to show the Judge that you do not intend to live with your spouse again and that you view the marriage to have ended for the 2-year period to commence.

The simple answer is yes, it is possible to divorce whilst living in the same household.

However, the court can be strict on discounting your living arrangements if you have continued to live together for any period of time during your two years of separation.

It doesn’t necessarily mean that divorce solicitors are required, but because a detailed statement of your living arrangements may be required to persuade the court that you have been living separately, it’s always best to get advice before proceeding yourself.

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Pros & Con’s to using 2 years of separation to divorce

Advantages

Because there is no blame put on either person, it can be the most straightforward and simple way to divorce without causing acrimony.

And as you are likely in communication with your spouse, you can ensure that all court paperwork is processed efficiently.

So, essentially, it enables you to obtain a quick and easy divorce without souring the relationship, which is what most couples are looking for.

Disadvantages

The biggest downside to using 2 years of separation is the fact that it requires the consent of your spouse.

The court will need formal and written consent from your spouse via what is known as the ‘Acknowledgement of Service’.

If they do not respond to the court in a sufficient time then your divorce cannot proceed and you’ll need to complete a new divorce petition (delaying your divorce procedure).

An alternative grounds for divorce is Unreasonable Behaviour.

How much does this type of divorce cost?

The cost of divorce after 2 years separation will be considerably cheaper if you can do it with mutual consent and avoid lawyers fees.

The typical cost of a divorce after two years when there is agreement is £739 in legal fees and court fees.

The court filing fee is currently £550 unless you are on low income or certain benefits, which must be paid at the point in which you file for divorce.

Your legal fees for preparing the divorce documents can be as little as £59 with Divorce-Online, but the most popular service is £189.

We can also deal with a financial clean break by consent as part of your service from £199.

So the cost of your divorce does not have to run into thousands of pounds.

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Commonly Asked Questions…

Can you get a divorce without your spouse’s consent?

In England and Wales, you can get a divorce without your spouse’s consent once you’ve been living separately for at least a sustained period of 5 years.

Do I have to be separated for 2 years before divorce?

You can file for divorce after you’ve been married for 12 months (1 year). Unreasonable behaviour and adultery are the grounds available to you should you seek a divorce before being separated 2 years.

Can a 2 years separation divorce be done without consent?

It cannot. Using the grounds of 2 years separation, there must be consent from both parties. The respondent must sign the acknowledgement of service form that is sent to them by the court.

Using Divorce-Online can help you cut the costs of your divorce

We will advise you on whether your situation is right to proceed on this ground or whether it may better to explore another ground.

Divorce doesn’t need to be stressful, long-winded or expensive. We can handle your entire divorce process for you including the drafting of your living arrangements.

Please call 01793 384 029 for free advice and information on how we can help you obtain a quick and easy divorce regardless of your circumstances.

Our 2 years separation divorce service is the ideal service for obtaining a divorce with the consent of your spouse as we deal with everything for you and keep you updated throughout, leaving you to carry on with your life without the stress and worry of dealing with your divorce.

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How Long Is My Divorce Likely To Take?

Use our quick and easy tool to find out how long your divorce is likely to take when using our online divorce services compared to hiring high-street solicitors.

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This post was written by Mark Keenan. Editor of the Divorce Online Blog and Managing Director of Online Legal Service Ltd. Mark has been writing about divorce and related subjects for over 20+ years and is an expert in legal marketing.

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