On 6th April 2022 the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 will come into force, bringing about significant changes to divorce laws and procedures.

Under the new rules there will no longer be a requirement to blame the other party or wait for a minimum of 2 years separation before seeking a divorce. It will be sufficient for one party to state that the marriage has broken down irretrievably, without a reason being given. Separating couples will also be able to apply jointly for a divorce.

The whole process of applying for a divorce is being reformed. Once the initial application has been made there will be a ‘cooling off period’ of 20 weeks before the application for a Conditional Order (formerly known as Decree Nisi) can be made, meaning a divorce is likely to take a minimum of 6 months to complete.
It is hoped that the new laws will reduce conflict and allow couples to deal with their separation and any connected financial or children issues in a more constructive manner.

If you need advice on any of the issues raised in this article or any other aspect of Family Law you can contact our specialist Family Law team on 01524 846846.

Share This Post

Related News

  • A Day in The Life as a Trainee Solicitor

    A Day in The Life as a Trainee Solicitor

    29th April 2024

    This article was written by Sam Rae to provide an insight into what a day in the life as a Trainee Solicitor might look ... READ MORE

  • Residential Property Solicitor Position

    Residential Property Solicitor Position

    19th April 2024

    Oglethorpe Sturton & Gillibrand are looking to recruit an experienced residential property conveyancer. The ideal candidate will have excellent organisational, technical and communication skills ... READ MORE

  • Residential Property Conveyancer

    Residential Property Conveyancer

    17th April 2024

    Oglethorpe Sturton & Gillibrand are looking to recruit an experienced residential property conveyancer. The ideal candidate will have excellent organisational, technical and communication skills ... READ MORE

  • A Day in The Life as a Trainee Solicitor

    A Day in The Life as a Trainee Solicitor

    29th April 2024

    This article was written by Sam Rae to provide an insight into what a day in the life as a Trainee Solicitor might look ... READ MORE

  • Residential Property Solicitor Position

    Residential Property Solicitor Position

    19th April 2024

    Oglethorpe Sturton & Gillibrand are looking to recruit an experienced residential property conveyancer. The ideal candidate will have excellent organisational, technical and communication skills ... READ MORE