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Understanding Requirements for Divorce (Part1)

Here are the Steps to getting a Divorce in Trinidad and Tobago The law under the Matrimonial Proceedings and Property Act Chap 45:51 Section 5

(1) – a divorce petition cannot be presented until one year of marriage has passed, unless there are extreme circumstances.

Section 3 – the marriage must be at a stage where reconciliation is impossible.

Section 4(1) – The person initiating the divorce must prove: (a) that the respondent has committed adultery and the petitioner finds it intolerable to live with the respondent;

(b) that the respondent has behaved in such a way that the petitioner cannot reasonably be expected to live with the respondent;

(c) that the respondent has deserted the petitioner for a continuous period of at least two years immediately preceding the presentation of the petition;

(d) that the parties to the marriage have lived apart for a continuous period of at least two years immediately preceding the presentation of the petition and the respondent consents to a decree being granted;

(e) that the parties to the marriage have lived apart for a continuous period of at least five years immediately preceding the presentation of the petition.

Extracted From: Trinidad and Tobago Legal Rights

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