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'No-Fault Divorces' Available from 6 April 2022

on Tuesday, 08 June 2021.

The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 will come into force on 6 April 2022. Whilst the date is later than originally indicated, it is now fixed as a matter of Parliamentary record and we can look forward with certainty.

You can read our previous article on the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 here.

With divorce proceedings now largely being carried out through the online portal, it is hoped that this delay will allow time for the necessary IT changes to be made to the online system and that the process works the way it is intended.

Nigel Shepherd, the former Chair of Resolution who campaigned for 'no-fault divorce, commented:

 “Whilst any delay is disappointing, we do now have certainty over the introduction of this important reform, and will be able to advise clients accordingly.

We have met with the Ministry of Justice on a regular basis, including the day of this announcement, and have received assurances that the Government remains fully committed to bringing the Act into force. We will continue to work closely with them as the date for implementation approaches – we will be seeking concrete assurances at every opportunity that this new date will be met, and will keep members informed of progress and new developments.”

This Act provides for the biggest reform of divorce law in 50 years as it will allow married couples to divorce without assigning blame. This fixed date is welcomed as these changes will reduce animosity for separating couples and allow them to focus on separating in an amicable way.

If you require any advice regarding your separation following the breakdown of your relationship, please contact Sam Hickman in our Family Law team on 0117 925 2020, or complete the form below.