New divorce law will come into force on 6th April 2022

Changes to divorce law
The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 reforms the legal requirements and process for divorce. The act aims to reduce the potential for conflict amongst divorcing couples by:
  • Removing the ability to make allegations about the conduct of a spouse
  • Removing the ability to make allegations about the conduct of a spouse
The act also introduces a minimum period of 20 weeks between the start of proceedings and application for conditional order. This provides couples with a meaningful period of reflection and the chance to reconsider. Where divorce is inevitable, it enables couples to cooperate and plan for the future.
If you’re getting divorced and have started your application
If you have an application saved on the current digital service and still want proceed, you’ll need to access your account and submit your application by 4pm on 31 March 2022.

Alternatively, you can wait until the new digital service is launched. If you still want to apply for a divorce, you can start your application again from 6 April 2022.

If you’ve started filling out a paper application form, you’ll need to make sure it’s received by the court by 4pm 31 March 2022. If you’re sending it in the post, you’ll need to make sure it reaches the court by that date.

If you haven’t started your application

It can take time to get the right documents together for your application. So, if you haven’t started an application yet, you may want to wait until the new services are available from 6 April 2022.

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