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No-fault divorce a step closer to being introduced

No-fault divorce a step closer to being introduced

UPDATED - The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill (commonly referred to as the no-fault divorce bill) received royal assent on 25 June 2020

The passing of the bill and news that no-fault divorces are to become law may have led to a sigh of relief for many. The decision means that couples will no longer have to agree to be separated for two years or have proof of their partner being at fault in order to file for divorce. Only one person needs to desire the divorce, and their spouse will not be able to refuse the application.

Our divorce partner Caroline Elliott tells us what this means for you:

This news means that the UK is one large step closer to ending unnecessary mud-slinging and allowing couples to divorce with dignity. The Justice Secretary’s firm commitment to bring the legislation to Parliament is cause for celebration and means that for many people, separation could be far less acrimonious.

Being able to apply for a ‘no-fault’ divorce will spare couples the emotional stress and strain of finding blame for an unreasonable behaviour petition or when they can’t, or don’t want to, wait two years to divorce on the grounds of separation.

The Government has spent a significant amount of time over the past few years trying to make the divorce process simpler. It’s important that the ‘no-fault’ divorce bill doesn’t undo that good work and add back in more complication.

It’s been a long time coming and it feels like we are nearly at the finish line. ‘No-fault’ divorces will take a huge amount of anxiety away from the process, benefitting a significant number of people.

Guiding you through the divorce process
The process of divorce is can be emotional and the actions you take in the early stages can set the tone for everything that follows. If you’re about to start divorce proceedings, or currently going through the separation process, then speak to one of our divorce lawyers. We’re here to guide you through the maze of emotions and legal responsibilities, every step of the way.

You can also visit our step by step guide on how to get a divorce. Find out more here >>

With the announcement of the royal assent on 25 June, we asked Helen Bowns, Head of Family some questions on the upcoming no-fault divorce legislation. Watch the video below to find out more.

Contact us
For further information please contact Caroline Elliot, Helen Bowns or another member of the family team.

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