Previously couples had to rely on one of five reasons in order to divorce, two of which involved blaming the other party. Unfortunately, this often resulted in animosity between the separating couple which could in turn make resolving other matters in dispute more difficult. As a result, many family practitioners campaigned for no fault divorce and we are pleased to confirm that this will come into effect on 6th April 2022.

Now you will be able to submit an application for a divorce simply on the basis that you believe the marriage has irretrievably broken down. Parties will also be afforded the opportunity to submit a joint application together. This will enable people to separate more amicably which will hopefully allow them to focus on other issues such as children or financial matters.

If you are facing difficulties in your relationship and wish to discuss your options, please do not hesitate to contact our family department on 01622 759 051 or at