What is a No Fault Divorce? The New Reforms in the UK

No Fault Divorce

In the UK, there have been recent changes to the law regarding no fault divorces. This means that couples can now get divorced without having to prove that one person is at fault. This is a huge change, and it has made the process of getting a divorce much easier for everyone involved. In this blog post, we will discuss what no fault divorces are, and we will take a look at the new reforms that have been put in place!

A no fault divorce is simply a divorce where neither party is held responsible for the breakdown of the marriage. This means that couples can get divorced without having to prove that one person is at fault. 

One of the reasons for this new legislation is that the ‘blame game’ made an already frustrating procedure even more unpleasant. It must be asked whether this was a typical depiction of separations in practice. Some couples sadly drift apart without either party having done anything to deserve it.

Many couples might feel that they are equally to blame for the divorce. The prior divorce procedure did not make any allowances for these circumstances, forcing couples into acrimonious applications or a two-year wait.

What are the recent changes relating to divorce?

Under the old legislation, it was necessary for one party to ‘blame’ the other in the couple’s breakup as part of the divorce application by either proving adultery or providing instances of unreasonable conduct.

The reform changes the divorce procedure so that it is no longer ‘blamed’ or ‘fault-based.’ The court will accept a declaration stating that the marriage has irretrievably broken down as proof that the divorce should continue. This will result in a significantly more balanced process, benefitting not just the parents but also any children from the family.

The new reforms have made it so much easier for couples to get divorced, and we think that this is a great thing. No one should have to go through a long and difficult process just to get divorced, and we are glad that the law has finally changed. 

How long does a no-fault divorce take UK?

A no fault divorce can take as little as six months, if both parties agree on the terms of the divorce. If you and your spouse do not agree, then it may take longer.

How much will no-fault divorce cost UK?

There is no set cost for a no fault divorce in the UK. However, you will likely have to pay for a solicitor, and the court fees will be around £550.

Can you contest a no fault divorce?

While the new legislation will not allow a spouse to challenge a no-fault divorce, it will provide time for reflection and negotiation. It’s probable that certain divorce petitions will be withdrawn before a final order of divorce is granted in some situations.

We hope that this blog post has been helpful in explaining what no fault divorces are, and we think that the new reforms are great news! If you have any questions about getting a divorce, or if you need help with the process, contact Wilson Browne Solicitors today.

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