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Family Law | The No Fault Divorce: A New Era in Divorce Proceedings

Updated: Dec 15, 2023

As of 06 April 2022, the No Fault Divorce Act came into force in the UK. This new legislation has made it easier for couples to get a divorce without having to blame each other for the breakdown of their marriage. Previously, couples had to wait for two or five years or prove that one party was at fault, such as for unreasonable behaviour or adultery. Now, couples can seek a divorce on a joint application or as a sole applicant without having to assign blame.

The Benefits of the No Fault Divorce Procedure

The new procedure has several benefits. The most significant of these is that it reduces the time and expense involved in getting a divorce. Couples no longer have to wait years to get a divorce or go through the stressful process of proving fault. Additionally, the process is now more straightforward, with the applications submitted through the online portal. The portal allows applicants to track their application's progress and receive notifications when there are updates.

The New Terminology and Procedure

With the new procedure, there have been some changes in terminology. The Petition is now referred to as the Application, and the Petitioner is now known as the Applicant. The Decree Nisi has been replaced with Conditional Order, and the Decree Absolute has been replaced with the Final Divorce Order. The current fee to issue the application is £593.00, and a copy of the marriage certificate is required.

Get Help with Your Divorce

If you require assistance with your divorce, you can download our Divorce Guide or contact us directly. Our team of legal experts can guide you through the process. We understand that divorce proceedings can be challenging, and we are here to help you every step of the way.

Download the Divorce Guide HERE.

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The information provided in this article is not intended to constitute professional advice and you should take full and comprehensive legal, accountancy or financial advice as appropriate on your individual circumstances by a fully qualified Solicitor, Accountant or Financial Advisor/Mortgage Broker before you embark on any course of action.

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