David Gaulk, the Justice Secretary, has announced that the divorce laws are soon to be changed to allow for no-fault divorce. The Ministry of Justice said new legislation would be introduced “as soon as parliamentary time allows”.
The changes will introduce a no-fault divorce where the need for a reason for the divorce will be replaced with a statement of irretrievable breakdown. This will create a less antagonistic process, so parents can proceed with their lives after divorce in a more amicable manner.
The current set of grounds for divorce under the existing Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 requires an applicant to either prove their partner is at fault through adultery, desertion or unreasonable behaviour. If both sides agree, then they may part after two years of separation. Without agreement or evidence of fault, applicants have to prove they have been living apart for five years.
As well as the reason for divorce, the proposals for changes to the law include:
- Creating the option of a joint application for divorce, alongside retaining the option for one party to initiate the process.
- Removing the ability to contest a divorce.
- Introducing a minimum timeframe of 6 months, from petition stage to final divorce (20 weeks from petition stage to decree nisi; 6 weeks from decree nisi to decree absolute).
This last law change to have a minimum timeframe of 6 months is the only downside to these new laws. For those going through a solicitor, this 6-month timeframe will hardly get noticed, but those using specialist divorce companies, like Divorce Negotiator, will be hit.
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