It has recently been reported that Pirates of the Carribean and Lord of the Rings actor Orlando Bloom has separated from his model wife, Miranda Kerr after a three-year marriage: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2477201/Were-friends--family-Orlando-Bloom-opens-split-wife-Miranda-Kerr.html
It is often assumed that all separations and divorces are bitter long winded battles that end with former “madly in love” couples never wishing to see or hear from their ex for the rest of their lives.
However as a family solicitor that deals with the breakdown of relationships and marriages on a daily basis, I can honestly say that a decent number of separations are amicable and can be dealt with on a relatively quick and easy basis.
Not all divorces have to be acrimonious and indeed the most amicable fact to issue a divorce petition on would be based on either 2 years separation with consent or 5 years separation. That way no one is blamed for the breakdown in the marriage and there is a sense of equality.
However if separating couples do not wish to wait that long, I have often advised that unreasonable behaviour can be a fact to rely on and whilst there should be an element of blame on one party, I would encourage both parties drafting the examples of unreasonable behaviour together so that everyone is content with the contents before it is sent to court.
For more advice on divorce and separation, as well as our fixed-fee packages, please contact one of our family solicitors at Susan Howarth & Co on 01606 48777 and take up the opportunity of a free half hour consultation or out of hours legal clinic. We are also introducing a DIY divorce session on the 29th October 2013 at 5:30pm at our offices for those who would like a step by step guide to completing their own divorce. Please call our office for further information and to book a place.