divorce collocations and examples

 UK /dɪˈvɔː(r)s/

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a legal way of ending a marriage

Adjectives frequently used with divorce
difficult or unpleasant: acrimonious, bitter, difficult, messy, nasty, painfulTheir first marriage ended in acrimonious divorce.easy or not unpleasant: amicable, easy, quickWe have been married for one year, and we both want an amicable divorce.not opposed by one of the partners: uncontestedThis procedure speeded up uncontested divorces.
Verbs frequently used with divorce
officially ask a court for a divorce: apply for, ask for, file for, initiate, petition for, seek, sue forI will be seeking a divorce on the grounds of unreasonable behaviour.

Usage note

The word grounds is used when talking about the reasons for a divorce: She felt that his behaviour gave her grounds for divorce. |He sought a divorce on the grounds of incompatability.

agree to a divorce: agree to, consent toYour husband or wife must consent to the divorce in writing.allow a divorce: grantThe court granting the divorce may also deal with the future of any children.experience a divorce: experience, go throughSupport is available for children who are experiencing parental divorce.I am going through a divorce right now.complete the divorce process: finalize, get, obtainMy parents got a divorce, and since then I’ve been really unhappy.have divorce as the final result: end in, result inIncreasing numbers of marriages are ending in divorce.

Nouns frequently used after divorce
decree, law, lawyer, petition, proceedings, process, settlementCan I start divorce proceedings without my husband’s consent?
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