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Divorce in Trinidad & Tobago
 

According to Trinidad and Tobago law, one of the five following conditions must exist for a divorce to be granted within the country: 

  1. that the respondent has committed adultery and the petitioner finds it intolerable to live with the respondent;
  2. that the respondent has behaved in such a way that the petitioner cannot reasonably be expected to live with the respondent;
  3. that the respondent has deserted the petitioner for a continuous period of at least two years immediately preceding the presentation of the petition;
  4. that the parties to the marriage have lived apart for a continuous period of at least two years immediately preceding the presentation of the petition and the respondent consents to a decree being granted;
  5. that the parties to the marriage have lived apart for a continuous period of at least five years immediately preceding the presentation of the petition.

HOWEVER:    A Judge of the Court may, on an application made to him, allow the presentation of a petition for divorce within the specified period on the ground that the case is one of exceptional hardship suffered by the petitioner or of exceptional depravity on the part of the respondent; but in determining the application the Judge shall have regard to the interests of any child of the family and to the question whether there is reasonable probability of a reconciliation between the parties during the specified period.

Additional Information can be found by contacting the following:

Registration House
72-74 South Quay
Port of Spain
(868) 624-1660

32 Pro Queen Street
Arima
(868) 667-1700

Jerningham Avenue
Scarborough
Tobago
(868) 639-3210