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No Fault Divorce - It's Official

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No Fault Divorce - Its Official

The Government announced yesterday (7 June 2021)  that the Divorce Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 which will allow couples to divorce without apportioning blame, will come into force from  6 April 2022.

This is later than planned, as we had been told that we were working towards Autumn 2021.  This is apparently due to the need to change IT systems and no doubt Covid-19 also had something to do with the delays. However, the date is now fixed as a parliamentary record and so this is excellent news.

Until the new rules come into effect, couples wishing to divorce will still need to establish that the marriage has broken down by establishing at least one of five facts:

  • Adultery
  • unreasonable behaviour
  • 2 years' separation and consent
  • Desertion
  • 5 years' separation

If you are contemplating divorce or separation and would like more advice about the options available to you, call one of our family solicitors for a free 15 minute chat.  

I can be contacted on 01206 217305 or via You can also use our contact form here Make an Enquiry Birkett Long Solicitors & Lawyers Essex Offices.  For more information visit our Divorce & Separation Lawyers in Colchester, Chelmsford & Basildon ( section on our website.

Blogs relating to the Divorce Dissolution and Separation Act can be found below:

No fault divorce and divorce law challenged- Birkett Long Solicitors

Divorce law reform: changes we have been waiting for- Birkett Long Solicitors

No fault divorce - on demand- Birkett Long Solicitors

No fault divorce is one step closer... - Birkett Long Solicitors