“No-fault divorce” to finally become law – When will it happen?

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T: That’s what the new divorce law means to me…

I think I can speak for most Family lawyers, when I say that pretty much once a week I am asked by clients if they can “… just divorce without having to say negative things…” about the other party in their Petition. Then follows my advising as to the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 and its antiquated notions of “blame” and “fault”, even when it is clearly the case that character assassination will help neither party and most definitely not support the separated couple in working together as parents still and/or continuing to talk to be able to resolve the finances.

I explain that the alternative is to wait for a two years separation divorce, but, quite often, the parties just need to bring about finality and closure so that everyone can move on, so this is not an appealing option for many.

So (drum roll, please!), enter the new no fault divorce law, at long last approved by Parliament (having been held back by Brexit and quite understandably, Covid-19 debates and legislation), bringing a more respectful, conciliatory, common sense and kinder divorce for the whole family.  Please note that there will be a number of changes and amendments to rules, processes and procedures meaning that no-fault divorces will start to take place in mid/late 2021.

It goes without saying that if you are looking for a seperation or divorce solicitor then please get in touch with us today.

Below you can see what Resolution (First for Family Law) have to say about this victory!

By Jackie Mensah, Family Solicitor for Bennett Griffin

Disclaimer – Please note that this update is not intended to be exhaustive or be a substitute for legal advice. The application of the law in this area will often depend upon the specific facts and you are advised to seek specific advice on any given scenario.