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Do I need a reason to get a divorce?

To get a divorce, you will have to show that your marriage has broken down. The law says marriage breakdown has occurred if:

  • you and your spouse have lived separate and apart for one year with the idea that your marriage is over; or
  • your spouse has committed adultery and you have not forgiven your spouse; or
  • your spouse has been physically or mentally cruel to you, making it unbearable to continue living together. Cruelty may include acts of physical violence and those causing severe mental anguish.

You can get a divorce if one of these situations applies to you.