How do I get a divorce in T&T?

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When we get married we hope that it will be an everlasting love; unfortunately, there are times where this isn’t the case and things just don’t go as planned.
In Trinidad and Tobago, the only ground or circumstance upon which you can get divorced is if your marriage has broken down irretrievably that means there is no hope of reconciliation.

In order to prove this ground you must show at least one of the following:

(a) Your spouse has committed adultery and you find it intolerable to live with him/her.

(b) Your spouse has behaved in such a way that you cannot reasonably be expected to live with him/her.

(c) Your spouse has deserted you for a continuous period of at least 2 years immediately before you file for divorce.

(d) You and your spouse have lived apart for a continuous period of at least two (2) years immediately before you file the petition (for divorce) and your spouse consents to a divorce being granted.

(e) Both you and your spouse have lived apart for a continuous period of at least five (5) years immediately before you file the petition (for divorce).

It should be noted that you usually have to be married for at least one (1) year before you can get a divorce. However, if you can show that you have suffered extreme hardship because of your spouse’s gross and obvious conduct, you may apply for permission to file for divorce even though one (1) year has not passed since you got married.

To apply for divorce you will have to file a petition at the Family Court of Trinidad and Tobago or the Supreme Court in San Fernando or the Supreme Court in Tobago.

Disclaimer: This post is not legal advice. If you have a legal problem, it is advised that you consult an Attorney-at-Law.

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