Following Royal Assent on 25 June 2020 of the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020, the new law will now be implemented on 6 April 2022.
Known as ‘no-fault divorce’, the new law will allow couples to divorce or dissolve a civil partnership without attributing blame to their partner.
The Ministry of Justice has said that it had originally hoped that the reforms would come into force in autumn 2021 but found that this was an ambitious timetable. It has now worked closely with the Family Procedure Rule Committee to identify the changes needed to the rules and practice directions and to devise new procedures. Work on amendments to court forms and HMCTS’ digital divorce service is also ongoing.
Bradie Pell, partner and head of Graysons’ family team says: “It is good to have a date for implementation of this law – even though it is later than expected. No-fault divorce will be welcomed by many – clients and professionals – and will bring about a way in which couples can divorce with less conflict, which will be of considerable benefit where children are involved.”
Author: Bradie Pell, partner and head of Graysons’ family team.