No Fault Divorce

No fault divorce – we FINALLY have a date!

On 8th June 2021, we received the long awaited and welcome news that the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 will come into force on 6th April 2022.  The key feature of the Act is the ‘no fault’ divorce which will allow married couples to divorce without assigning blame.

It was originally hoped that this change would take effect this Autumn and therefore it will be a disappointment for many couples wanting to avoid the ‘blame game’ that they will have to wait another 6 months, but it is positive that we now have a fixed date for this much needed reform which means we can now advise our clients about their options with more certainty.

Sometimes couples just want to separate without having to sling mud at each other, the current system offers no other option if they have not been separated for two years or more.  The introduction of the ‘no fault’ divorce option will hopefully remove unnecessary acrimony between parties and allow them to focus on the bigger issues upon separation such as finances and children.

If you wish to discuss your options with a member of our family team, please get in touch.

Southampton office - kellybruton@newleafsolicitors.co.uk

Birmingham office - paulineorourke@newleafsolicitors.co.uk

Rugby office - francinebristo@newleafsolicitors.co.uk

Daventry office – amytrevellick@newleafsolicitors.co.uk