Divorce and Civil Partnership Dissolution
Divorce – bringing the marriage to an end. We can advise and assist on all aspects involved in the issue of a Divorce petition through to the Decree Absolute.
Divorce – the financial aspects. We can resolve issues relating to the division of the assets and continued financial support between parties.
Civil Partnership – the ending of such a partnership is called a “dissolution” rather than a divorce, but many of the same financial consequences apply.
NO FAULT DIVORCE
The new “no fault” divorce regime came into effect on 6 April 2022.
The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 (“DDSA”) represents the biggest reform of divorce laws in 50 years and aims to reduce the impact that conflict and allegations of blame can have on families, and in particular, on any children.
This means that couples wishing to divorce will no longer have to provide evidence in relation to conduct, for example, unreasonable behaviour, adultery or desertion or live apart for 2 or 5 years. There will be a simple requirement to provide a statement of irretrievable breakdown.
For the first time it will also be possible for a couple to apply jointly for a divorce and the Act will also limit the ability of one party to challenge a divorce.
The DDSA also introduces a new minimum overall timeframe of 6 months (26 weeks) from the start of proceedings to when the applicant may apply for a final order or divorce. This will provide a couple with a period of reflection and an opportunity to agree practical arrangements for the future.
The Act also reforms the law in respect of those wishing to end their civil partnerships or obtain a judicial separation.
Please contact us in complete confidence if you require advice or assistance.