As we approach the first anniversary of the ‘no-fault divorce’ becoming legislation on 6 April 2022, the government has published divorce application figures that show the highest level in a decade.

2022 divorce figures

Up 11% compared to 2021, 2022 saw applications rise to 119,709. However, according to the Ministry of Justice, it’s important to state that 2021 figures reached a 20-year low.

The low figures in 2021 may just explain, at least in part, the increase in figures since the new no-fault divorce legislation, as many people delayed action until this option was available to them.

The legislation removing the requirement of divorcing couples to attribute blame was favourable and less inflammatory in, what is already, a very difficult time.

Factors leading to divorce

The rise could also be attributed to a number of other factors, including the fallout after Covid-19, where it was difficult for people to physically move. Economic turbulence and the rise in the cost of living putting financial pressure on families, can also put marriages under strain.

DIY divorces

The government figures also show that 94% of divorce applications were completely digitalised, a welcome move to modernise the system, with many couples carrying this out themselves.

Whilst the new digitalised application and reform of the legislation has made it more accessible to parties wishing to obtain a divorce, the data shows that only 27% of those included an application for a financial settlement.

Divorce does nothing more than legally end your marriage. It does not deal with any financial claim that arises because of the marriage. There will be far too many people that lose out significantly on proper financial arrangements or who have claims they thought were ended come back and haunt them.

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It is important to seek early legal advice in respect of divorce and financial matters, even if you go on to complete the divorce application yourself.

If your marriage has broken down and you are looking to separate, our specialist lawyers are here to advise, guide and support you through the complete process.

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Louise works with clients and their families to resolve matters in a constructive and non-confrontational way, dealing with private family law issues including relationship breakdown, divorce, finance and children issues.

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Published: 4th April 2023
Area: Divorce

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