A monumental change


The law on divorce is significantly changing for the first time since 1973. The change is welcomed and this article explains the key points of the new law and how this will impact divorcing couples.

The new law is effective from 6 April 2022. The process will start with an application for a Divorce Order being made by a party. It is now possible for both parties to make an application together. The court will then issue the application.

The process will be digitalised and it is hoped this will increase efficiency. There will be no need for the parties to place blame on one another. This is a welcomed development and should assist in reducing tensions at what is ordinarily a difficult period in anybody’s lives. Within 14 days of service of the application, the Respondent to the divorce must complete the response. Thereafter, the Applicant, or if both parties are applying together both of them, can apply for the Conditional Order. The Conditional Divorce Order is the first stage of the divorce. It can then be made into a Final Order although ordinarily the parties will wait for financial matters to be resolved prior to making an application for the Final Order.

At Rosewood Solicitors, we can guide you through the entirely new procedure. Although there are many benefits to the new no fault divorce law, there are some flaws. Firstly, there is a possibility that service will be delayed by the Applicant for tactical reasons. Our specialist solicitors can advise you in respect of the best approaches to take and will recommend tailored options for your case.

If you wish to get in touch with us please telephone the office on 01483 901 414 and ask to speak with the Family team.