- Fault free divorces are now possible
- Majority of divorce applicants still prefer to point the finger of blame
Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020, which came into force on 6th April 2022, provides that divorcing couples no longer have to assign blame for the breakup of their marriage. Couples can apply jointly stating that the marriage has irretrievably broken down.
According to The Ministry of Justice the intention was to remove ‘unnecessary finger-pointing and acrimony at a time where emotions are already running high, and spares children from witnessing their parents mudslinging’.
The latest figures reveal, however, that the majority of divorce applications are still from sole applicants.
In July 2022 of the 11,595 applications – 9,239 were from sole applicants as opposed to 2,356 from joint applicants.
The Divorce and Financial remedy online service has been updated to meet the requirements of the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020. It allows applications to legally end a marriage or civil partnership and resolve the associated financial issues. The intention is to provide divorcing couples with control over the process in order to reduce conflict and costs. The first final orders to confirm the end of marriages under the new act will be issued by the end of 2022.
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