On 25 June, the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill received Royal Assent. Consequently, the Bill is now an Act of Parliament and will become law. To allow time for careful implementation, the Government is working towards a period in Autumn 2021.

Those who wish to divorce prior to this will still be required to follow the current legal procedure of proving irretrievable breakdown of the marriage with one of five facts – adultery, unreasonable behaviour, desertion, 2 years’ separation with consent and 5 years’ separation without consent. The same applies to the dissolution of civil partnerships.

Nevertheless, the “no fault” concept is a hugely welcomed development in family law by both individuals and practitioners alike. The reform is working to reduce conflict between separating couples at what is undoubtedly a very difficult time is commended. Others have also recognised the benefits to those with children who will need to maintain an amicable co-parenting relationship moving forward.

At Parker Bullen LLP we fully appreciate that every family situation is different and needs to be dealt with according to what is suitable for the individuals involved. This includes those who may want to start divorce or dissolution proceedings prior to implementation of the “no fault” law.

We offer a free initial, no-obligation consultation if you wanted to discuss your matter with one of our lawyers. Please call us on 01722 412000 (Salisbury) or 01264 400500 (Andover).

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