In family law circles, 7th June 2021 has become a significant date that saw a welcome shift in the law for divorce. This is because it was the day that the Government committed to introducing the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act which will come into force next year on 6th April 2022.
This new law will, for the first time, enable married couples to commence divorce proceedings without having to wait for up to 5 years where there is no consent from the other spouse and where they do not wish to blame the other party for the breakdown of the marriage. Thus, it ends what many refer to as the “blame game” at the start of the divorce process.
As a family solicitor, I am pleased to see that this archaic process is going to be changed allowing parties to progress a divorce in a more conciliatory manner and without having to rely so heavily on blaming the other party or relying on the other party’s consent. This is likely to save those going through a divorce time, money and energy. It should also help to suppress a significant amount of the early acrimony which often arises during the divorce.
Ahead of this new law coming into effect, the old rules continue to apply, and it remains possible for divorces to be commenced. Therefore, if you are considering a divorce or separation from your spouse, then the family team at our firm would be happy to discuss your matter and options with you. In particular, it may not be best for you to delay your divorce until the new law comes into effect and it may be better to proceed under the existing divorce rules instead. We can discuss this with you and consider what may be best for your matter.