Firm date set for new divorce law
We have widely reported in the past on the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 which came into being in June 2020 and will bring an end to divorcing couples being forced to blame one another when wanting a divorce. The new procedure will allow married couples to divorce without assigning blame by one or both spouses making a statement to the Court that the marriage has broken down.
When the Act was given royal assent in June 2020 there was no firm date in place as to when the new procedure would come into force. HMCTS have been making necessary IT changes to the online divorce systems and were working towards this being ready in Autumn 2021. However, Ministers have now announced that the new No Fault Divorce procedure under the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020, will come into force on 6th April 2022. The announcement came in the form of a response to a Parliamentary question. This now means the 6th April 2022 is now fixed as a matter of Parliamentary record.
For anyone taking the decision to end a marriage or civil partnership, this will be welcome news and may help to make this difficult time slightly more bearable and avoid excessive legal battles and fees. If you are facing this situation, please do not hesitate to book an initial consultation with one of our family team solicitors so we can talk you through the process and all the options available.
Contact our family team on 01473 617 317 or 01473 350 569
Amanda Erskine is a solicitor in the Family department at Barker Gotelee Solicitors in Ipswich.