No fault divorce gets Royal Assent.

Following on from my article earlier this month, I am pleased to hear that Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill has now become an Act of Parliament having received Royal Assent on the 25th June 2020. It is not yet clear when the Act will come into force but it is anticipated that this will be in Autumn 2021.

I am hopeful this will enable couples who are divorcing (and would have done anyway) to start matters off in an amicable way and issue no fault petitions. It is thought that the divorces may take longer to proceed through the system due to the mandatory waiting times included in the act. As such, this is not bringing in “quickie divorces” or making it easier to divorce but removing the need for unnecessary allegations to be made at an already emotionally difficult time for the parties.

As before, whilst separate proceedings from the divorce itself, it remains important for separating couples to ensure their financial arrangement is properly considered and recorded.

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