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The introduction of no-fault divorce has changed the way couples are able to separate. Our trusted experts are advising clients nationwide, helping them start their new chapter.
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What is no-fault divorce?
No fault divorce means that spouses no longer need to assign blame in order to be granted a divorce if they haven’t been separated for two years or more.
The previous divorce law required the petitioner in the divorce to rely on one of five facts to prove the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. Two of the facts were fault-based. They were:
- Unreasonable behaviour
- Two years' separation with the Respondent’s consent
- Five years' separation
What does the new no-fault divorce law propose?
The previous law may have fuelled conflict by forcing one party to blame the other if they wished to avoid waiting two years before presenting a divorce petition to the court.
The no-fault divorce UK legislation has changed this. Under the new law, irretrievable breakdown of marriage remains the overall ground for divorce. However, the five facts have been replaced with a statement of irretrievable breakdown.
Other changes include:
- A 20-week timescale between issue of the petition and the first stage of the divorce - the conditional order - to provide a period of reflection, and a 6-week timescale from conditional order to final order. Therefore, there’s a minimum timeframe of six months from the date the petition is issued to final order.
- The application for divorce can be withdrawn at any time.
- Complex legal jargon is avoided within the divorce process, making it easier to understand.
- The opportunity to contest the divorce has been removed, but there are still some legal grounds for challenging the divorce if needed.
- There’s a choice between initiating the application for divorce jointly or on a sole application basis.
When will no-fault divorce begin in UK?
The new legislation was introduced on 6 April 2022.
Need advice from a specialist no-fault divorce lawyer?
We understand that the process of getting a divorce can feel overwhelming - particularly at what can be an emotional time. With the move to a new divorce law process, it may feel even more overwhelming.
Our trusted team of divorce lawyers are able to guide you through the process simply and efficiently, enabling you to focus on moving forwards in life.
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