No. 6 – Grounds For Divorce (Scotland)
In Scotland, there are two grounds for divorce: irretrievable
breakdown of marriage and transsexual gender recognition.
Irretrievable breakdown of marriage
The first ground can be proved in one of four ways:
- Adultery: This means your spouse has had full sexual
intercourse with a person of the opposite sex. You cannot use this ground if
the respondent has had a sexual relationship short of intercourse, or if they
have had a sexual relationship with a person of the same sex. If this is the
case, then you must rely on the ground of unreasonable behaviour (see below).
Also, if you ‘condoned’ or ‘connived at’ your spouse’s adultery, you cannot rely
on this reason. Condonation means you forgave your spouse by
resuming married life after you knew about the adultery. Connivance means
encouraging the adultery (e.g., suggesting you both attend a ‘swingers’
- Unreasonable behaviour: This means your spouse has behaved
in such a way that you cannot reasonably be expected to live with him/her. It
can include persistent violence, insults, coldness, disgusting personal hygiene,
inadequate sex – and more besides.
- One year non-cohabitation where both spouses consent to divorce: Non-cohabitation means living separate lives and not living
together as a normal married couple would.
- Two years non-cohabitation where there is no mutual consent to the
divorce: This means that one party does not want to get
Transsexual gender recognition
To satisfy the second ground, you must be a transsexual who has an
interim gender recognition certificate. You can get an interim gender
recognition certificate by applying to the Gender Recognition
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