There are five UK divorce grounds. You must show one of these grounds as a good reason for ending your marriage.
Your spouse had sex with someone else of the opposite sex, and you can no longer bear to live with them.
You cannot give adultery as a reason if you lived with your spouse for 6 months after you found out about it.
Your spouse behaved so badly that you can no longer bear to live with them. This could include:
• physical violence
• verbal abuse
• drunkenness or drug-taking
• refusing to pay for housekeeping
Your spouse has left you:
• without your agreement
• without a good reason
• to end your relationship
• for more than 2 years in the past 2.5 years
You can still claim desertion if you have lived together for up to a total of 6 months in this period.
You have lived apart for more than 2 years and agree in writing.
You can get a divorce if you’ve lived apart for more than 2 years and both agree to the divorce. Your spouse must agree in writing.
You have lived apart for more than 5 years even if no agreement.
Living apart for more than 5 years is usually enough to get a divorce, even if your spouse disagrees with the divorce.
For more information about the UK divorce process, please read our other UK divorce resource articles.