Divorces aren’t granted automatically if you apply for one.
If you want a divorce, but your partner doesn’t, they have the option to contest it.
A partner could object to a divorce for a number of reasons.
Common ones include:
Contested divorces have to go in front of a judge in court, who will listen to evidence from both parties, and decide whether the criteria for a divorce has been met.
Due to increased legal fees and court fees, contested divorces can become very expensive, very quickly.
But sometimes there is no other option. For example, if a spouse is unwilling to enter into serious negotiations regarding finances or children after a marriage has broken down, the other spouse may be forced to start the divorce application without their agreement.
In most cases though, if it is at all possible, it is best that any divorce applications are made with the agreement of both partners.
This makes it quicker, cheaper and less stressful for everyone.