What is Desertion in Divorce UK?

Do you want to understand what is desertion in divorce UK? Desertion is often referred to as a ground for divorce. Desertion is actually one of the five facts upon which you can apply for divorce against your spouse. There are many people who misunderstand the fact of desertion in divorce proceedings. It casues alot of confusion.

Desertion is defined as when your spouse deserts you for a continuous period exceeding two years. It is possible for you to apply on the basis of desertion if you have lived together for up to 6 months in this period but remember it will not count towards the two year period.

In this video, I explain desertion and help you understand the issues around applying under this fact. Click below to answer your questions on desertion. The fact of desertion in divorce is rarely used because of the difficuty attached to proving the mental intent of your spouse to desert you.

What Other Basis Can I Apply for Divorce UK?

Do you know there are four other facts under which you can apply for divorce in the UK? These are explained in the following easy to understand videos:

  1. Five Years Separation Without Consent
  2. Two Years Separation With Consent
  3. Unreasonable Behaviour
  4. Adultery

The most common fact for divorce in the UK is unreasonable behaviour but this will mean having to assign some form of ‘fault’ on your spouse. This simply means having to state negative examples of unreasonable behaviour which have led you to believe the marriage has broken down irretrievably. If you can reach an agreement and have been separated from your spouse, it may be easier to progress your divorce on the basis of two or five years separation. This means you will not need to raise any negative examples of unreasonable behaviour.