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Can you reconcile and still divorce?

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Yes you can reconcile and still get a divorce! But it can only be once and only for a brief period of less than 3 months.

One small reconciliation, that’s it!

You’re allowed to reconcile for one period of up to 3 months and still get a divorce.


It can’t be two or three small periods of time which total 3 months. Just the once!

You are still required to be separated for at least 12 months, before you can file for divorce.  And this one period of reconciliation can’t be included in the 12 months separation required for divorce.

Also, if you separate and then get back together for more than 3 months, your 12 month separation will have to start again.

What else do you need to know?

Before the court will grant you a divorce, it must be satisfied that your marriage has broken down irretrievably, which means permanently.

If you are to succeed with your divorce application, there must be no reasonable likelihood of you reconciling. There’s a box you need to tick in the divorce application confirming this.

If there’s any chance you’ll get back together on a permanent basis, the court won’t give you a divorce.

What next?

You are not alone, and you don’t have to spend a fortune on lawyers to learn about issues that might arise, how to resolve them and move forward. Make a start with our step-by-step Separation Guide.

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