Partner Debra Frazer discusses changes to English divorce law.
English divorce law is in the process of undergoing major change.
The Divorce Dissolution and Separation Bill which will introduce “No Fault” divorce received Royal Assent on the 25th June 2020 and therefore is now on the statute books. This new Act of Parliament changes the way in which divorces will be able to be obtained by removing the need for separating couples to assign blame when their marriage breaks down and they want to divorce.
In addition, it enables both parties to jointly apply for a divorce, which is a major change to the way divorces can currently be obtained.
The new law will provide separating couples a much better opportunity to resolve the various arrangements which need to be made when a marriage breaks down with the least amount of conflict.
People should be able to apply for a “No Fault” divorce under the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act in 2021 as there need to be a number of changes to rules, procedures and forms before it can be implemented.
We will provide updates as to when the new law takes effect.
If you have any queries in relation to divorce please contact one of our highly experienced Family Law specialist solicitors who will be pleased to assist you