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Regarding the dissolution of a civil marriage a spouse can apply at the Family Court to issue a divorce. Where there is a religious marriage the spouse who wishes the dissolution of the marriage must send a notification to the Bishop, or the religion’s leader of its recognised by the Law religion group, stating the reason that leaded to the decision of the divorce. The divorce petition can be filled only after the elapsed of a three month period from the time when the Bishop (or the religious leader) had received the notification (Law No.22/1990 and Law No.87(I)/1994). A ground for divorce by the law can be the irretrievable breakdown of the marital relationship which makes the continuance of the marriage intolerable for the applicant. Reasons for the irretrievable breakdown can be the following: abandonment, an attempt against the life of the applicant by the respondent, bigamy, adultery and violence. (article 27(2) and 27(3) Law No.104(I)/2003, appendix A Law No.87(I)/1994, article 14(a) Law No.23/1990).
Another ground for divorce is the continuous separation for a period of four years which constitutes an irrevocable presumption that there has been an irretrievable breakdown of the marital relationship. In that case the marriage is dissolved regardless whether the reason leading to the irretrievable breakdown is attributed solely to the applicant (article 27(3) Law No.104(I)/2003, appendix A Law No.87(I)/1994, article 14(a) Law No.23/1990).