CALL US:

0800 0351 999

0239 2483 322

Compass House,
57 Meridian Centre,
North Street,
Havant,
PO9 1UW

e-mail:
enquiries@swaincohavant.uk.com
Expert Services
Expert Services
A quality personalised service from a law firm based in Portsmouth/Havant, Southampton and Liverpool. We can help you. We will provide free first advice. Our lawyers are specialists in their areas of work.
Our Team
Our Team
We have specialist lawyers, many of whom are recognised as leaders in their respective fields and also share our unique focus on quality service and putting our clients first. Click here to find out more about our legal experts.
Fees & Figures
Fees & Figures
We provide a number of payment options: No Win No Fee, Legal Aid, Monthly payments, Fixed fee payment and other options. Here you can learn more about our payment options.

5 Divorce Myths dispelled

5 Divorce Myths dispelled

With divorce so heavily in the news at the moment due to reforms being discussed, we thought it wise to look at some common divorce myths.

  1. You can divorce because you are unhappy

    Whilst this might be the reason, being unhappy cannot be used as a grounds for divorce.
    Currently, the only ground for divorce is the irretrievable breakdown of marriage shown by: adultery, desertion, unreasonable behaviour, separation for 2 years if both parties agree, or 5 years separation if one spouse contests the divorce.

  2. You can get a quickie divorce

    For some reason, it is believed that you can get a divorce in as little as 12 weeks. In reality, it will take 4-6 months at least.
    We recently posted that the average was nearly a year!

  3. Prenups are legally binding

    In England and Wales, prenups (prenuptial agreements) are not automatically taken as legally binding.
    However, a fair and properly carried out and written prenup is likely to be upheld in court.
    If you are considering a prenuptial agreement, you must ensure that you seek legal advice. They are complicated to draft and need to hit certain criteria to stand a chance of being upheld at a later date.

  4. You have the same rights as a married person if you live with someone

    The biggest myth is in common law marriage. There is no such thing. You do not have the same rights as a married person. In fact, you have very little legal protection at present.

  5. You will benefit more financially in the divorce if your spouse cheated

    No you wont. Adultery is not used to form part of the basis of financial settlements. Family Courts focus on what is fair and meets the needs of your family.

Samantha Lee, head of Family Law at Swain & Co Solicitors comments,

“Divorce myths are scary as they can distort people’s views and affect the decisions they make. I urge anyone facing relationship breakdown or looking to legally end their marriage to seek legal advice to ensure they don’t fall victim to divorce myths. You may get a nasty surprise.”

Samantha and her team offer free initial advice for family law and divorce matters, over the phone.

Call us on 02392 483322 to access this free divorce advice, or fill out our enquiry form and we will contact you back.


Initial Free advice

Your Divorce Your Way

Purely for Individuals

Experienced Lawyers 

Call us for a free initial consultation

0800 0351 999

OR we can call you back at a time of your choice

Request a call back

Area of Law

Preferred call time

May we add you to our newsletter please?
Yes


The data you submit will only be used by Swain & Co Solicitors. Please visit our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy for more information.

Mon to Fri: 9.00am - 5.30pm

No Comments Yet.

Leave a comment

Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.