Family Law Aberdeen Divorce and Separation Assistance

Divorce and Family Lawyer Aberdeen City CentreIn Scotland, the ground for divorce is that a marriage has broken down irretrievably, or an interim gender recognition certificate has been issued after marriage.

There are four ways for you to establish "irretrievable breakdown":

  1. You have been separated from your spouse for at least one year. If you apply for a divorce under this heading, your spouse must provide their written consent; or
  2. You have been separated from your spouse for at least two years; or
  3. Your spouse has committed adultery; or
  4. Your spouse has shown behaviour which is so unreasonable that you cannot be expected to continue to live with them.

If you and your spouse have financial or child-related matters to resolve then it is usually advisable to agree these if you can, with the benefit of separate legal advice, before applying for divorce. We can assist you in resolving matters in order to achieve a mutual settlement.

How Family Law Aberdeen Can Assist With Divorce

There are a number of different ways to resolve matters out with court, including negotiation, mediation, collaboration and arbitration. We can provide more information on all of these processes and discuss what is best for your own circumstances.

Once you and your spouse have agreed and concluded your financial and child-related matters, then a divorce action can proceed on agreed terms.
If you do not have any children under the age of 16, then you may be entitled to apply for a divorce under the Simplified Procedure.  If you and your spouse have children under age of 16, then there is a specific divorce procedure which must be followed.

Please Contact Family Law Aberdeen

If you are separated, or considering separating, and would like to find out more about how we can assist, please complete our on-line enquiry form today, e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call us on 01224 370 028.

Alternatively, for further information on other family matters on which we can advise, please see our Services.


The purpose of this website (and each page thereof) is to provide general information about family law in Scotland.  The material is provided for general information only and nothing contained on this website constitutes legal or other professional advice on which the reader may rely for his or her own purposes.  To obtain legal advice, please contact us on the e-mail or telephone number provided.  Ledingham Chalmers LLP is not responsible for any loss which may arise from reliance on material obtained from this website, or any links contained herein.

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