New Divorce Law

New Divorce Law

At long last, the Divorce, Separation and Dissolution Bill is now reaching the final stage before it becomes law. The Bill aims to introduce the much needed “no fault” divorce and consign the current fault based divorce system to the legal dustbin.

Once the Queen has given her assent and the Bill becomes law, the introduction of the ‘no fault’ divorce will enable couples not looking to apportion blame to divorce straight away rather than waiting 2 years before applying under the current divorce system. 

No Contested Divorces 

The new law will also remove the possibility of contesting a divorce so that the statement by the person applying for the divorce will be conclusive evidence that the marriage has irretrievably broken down.

Period of Refection

The new law will introduce a minimum period of 20 weeks from the start of the divorce to the court confirming that a conditional order may be made (the court approving the divorce) which will allow greater opportunity for couples to reflect and agree practical arrangements for the future.

The change to the divorce system is long overdue and brings an end to the “blame game” which is present within the current archaic system.

For further information , or to talk to one of our specialists, please contact Anthony Vingoe, Head of Family Law on 01444 460353 or


June 2020