While divorce proceedings are relatively easy to instigate these days when compared with many years ago, experienced family lawyers will tell you there are still certain rules and regulations in place to make sure the decision to divorce is not an impulsive one that may be regretted at some later date. While divorce is necessary in some cases, it does bring with it a whole new set of problems when there are children of the union.
When people who have been married less than two years want to file for a divorce it is essential – and a legal requirement – that they go to counselling first. Their application for divorce will not be heard unless counselling has been tried and failed to accomplish a satisfactory ending to the problems. However, it is often the case that one party may refuse to attend counselling. In this case the other party may go alone or simply request permission of the court to file for divorce.