No Fault Divorce – Delayed until 2022

Posted on: June 9th, 2021

In a move that will undoubtedly be welcomed by separating couples, the Government has given the green light to “no-fault” divorce after two years of intense debate and discussion.

The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill was encouraged onto the Statue books almost a year ago today when on 9 June 2020, an overwhelming majority of Members of Parliament voted in favour of the Bill. The Government has confirmed the Bill will be law by 6 April 2022, allowing couples to divorce without blame. We now have a measure of certainty and a date to work towards.

The introduction of this Bill will  ease tensions for couples to separate without blame and is welcomed by family law practitioners. It is designed to preserve the privacy of the decision to divorce and remove unnecessary acrimony.

It is the biggest reform in divorce law for 50 years and one that has certainly been a long time coming. It is unfortunate the Government have faced delays owing to Brexit and Covid but it is now a case of fine-tuning the process and having an online system for divorce Petitions which is stress-tested and works seamlessly.

If couples find that they cannot wait until April 2022 to begin the no-fault divorce process, there are a handful of other options to proceed with divorce on a transparent and constructive basis.  

If you have any further questions about no-fault divorce or the content of this article, the Family Team at Coffin Mew would be happy to help, so please get in touch

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