No Fault Divorce

In June 2020 parliament passed the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020. This is seen as being the biggest change to the law surrounding divorce for 50 years.

Whilst originally anticipated that the new law would come into effect this autumn, it was announced yesterday that it will come into force on 6th April 2022. From that date it will be possible to file for divorce without any blame being attached to the marriage breakdown. To do this, a statement of “irretrievable breakdown” can be filed either by one party or by the couple together. This will be the first time couples have been able to apply for a divorce as a couple rather than as individuals.

The delay in the new law coming into place is due to the time it will take for the relevant IT changes to be made to the court’s online divorce systems.


Sandra Marshall


Published on 08/06/2021

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