In a landmark move, April 2022 witnessed the introduction of no-fault divorce legislation, marking the first comprehensive overhaul of divorce laws in half a century. The divorce process has been simplified, removing the necessity to attribute blame for the breakdown of a marriage or civil partnership. A 20-week ‘cooling off’ period is now mandatory to allow time for reflection and the resolution of any financial and child-related matters.

Whilst the divorce process has now been overhauled and simplified, the financial matters arising from a divorce can still be complex, and it is important to resolve financial claims.

Family Court fees are set to rise by 10% in 2024, with the current £593 divorce application fee to increase £652. Other family Court fees will also increase by 10%.

Oglethorpe Sturton and Gillibrand is a Legal 500 recognised law firm based in Kirkby Lonsdale and Lancaster. We pride ourselves on providing high quality and pragmatic advice. We offer a fixed fee meeting for all new family law clients, and can advise you about how to navigate the legislative changes effectively. To arrange a no obligation meeting, please contact 015242 71388 or e-mail family@osg.co.uk.

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