No Fault DivorceOriginally, the start date for the so-called no-fault divorce was Spring 2020 but the delay was necessary to allow for the IT changes to be made to HM Courts and Tribunals’ Service (HMCTS) online divorce systems. This new aspect to divorce law follows 30 years of campaigning for this change and it is hoped the divorce process will be less damaging as a result.
What Is No Fault Divorce?Thanks to the Act, couples will be able to divorce more amicably and without the need to apportion blame on one party. Partners will be allowed to petition for a divorce jointly on the basis that the marriage has broken down rather than having to state a specific reason for the divorce.
Current Divorce LawAt the moment, couples have to state one of five grounds for divorce, which are:
- Unreasonable behaviour
- 2 years separation with consent
- 5 years separation without consent