I doubt it's a coincidence that the divorce between Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow is going ahead two years after they separated. Two years separation and consent is one of the five reasons on which couples can base their divorce in England and Wales.  The five reasons are:- 

  • Adultery
  • Unreasonable behaviour
  • Two years separation and consent
  • Desertion and two years separation
  • Five years separation

Unless couples want to wait for two years (which can pose problems in relation to finances) the most commonly used fact is unreasonable behaviour. This sounds worse than it is. Unreasonable behaviour doesn't have to be seriously bad behaviour, and what will be cited should always be agreed between the parties before the divorce is started. It is advisable to include five different examples, and examples include:- 

My wife doesn't help with housework and chores around the house, and leaves this all to me. 

My husband does not wish to be intimate with me as regularly as I would like. 

My husband doesn't want to socialise with my family and friends. 

My wife spends too much time at work and on the internet.