No-fault divorce pushed back to 2022
Posted on 10th June 2021
Our expert family solicitors discuss the disappointing news that the government has delayed the implementation of the new no-fault divorce until 6 April 2022.
The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act was supposed to be implemented in the Autumn of 2021, but it has now been pushed back to at least 6th April 2022. This is said to be to allow necessary IT updates and changes to first be made to the HM Courts and Tribunal Service's online divorce services. This is disappointing news to many, including our expert family law solicitors at MG Legal, and to many couples who hoped to enact an amicable divorce without providing evidence of their marriage breakdown.
What will the new Act do?
The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act, which is set to be the biggest change to divorce law in over 50 years, will make it much easier for couples to enact a divorce on amicable grounds. They will no longer have to meet one of the five accepted factors as evidence of the divorce breakdown.
As it stands, these are:-
The new act will take away the legal requirement for any of these requirements to be met to file for divorce, making it much easier for couples to agree to a divorce without it being essentially one person’s ‘fault’. When it does come into place, the act will also mean other changes for how the system of divorce works.
It will take away the possibility for the irretrievable breakdown claim to be challenged, which will save a lot of money in the long run that would be spent on long and weary contest proceedings.
Why is the Act being implemented?
Essentially, the Act is hoping to bring a reduction in animosity between couples who are going through a divorce. It is taking away the need for one to blame another for the failed marriage, and is also preventing couples to contest the decisions of irretrievable breakdown in the divorce proceedings. With over 30 years of experience in family law, and having worked on hundreds of divorces, we have seen our fair share of explosive and painful divorces. Our expert solicitors welcome the changes, and hope that they will bring around a substantial reduction in divorce-related disputes.
How can MG Legal help with my no-fault divorce?
If you are getting, or thinking of getting, a divorce at some point in the near future, then our expert team of family solicitors are here to help with every step of the way.
While the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act is no longer being implemented in the upcoming months, we are well versed on all family law updates, and Will ensure that your divorce process goes as smoothly and amicably as possible, especially if you do not wish to speak badly of your spouse. See our page dedicated to this, here.
How can I contact MG Legal?
Our team can be contacted from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, online, here, or at your local office in Lancaster, Garstang, or Longridge.
If it’s outside of Office hours, contact our team via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of our expert team will contact you as soon as possible to discuss your enquiry.
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