The no-fault divorce procedures as part of the Divorce, Dissolution Act 2020 were finally published by the Ministry of Justice in January 2022 setting out the requirements for a no-fault divorce.
The online support package was supposed to be delivered in Autumn 2021 but will now go live in April 2022.
No Need To Prove/No Blame
Before the 2020 Act, there was a requirement to prove irretrievable breakdown of the relationship with blame for things like unreasonable behaviour, adultery or a full two-year separation. This is now removed without the need to blame on party or the other.
No Need For Service
The other stumbling block was that for a Divorce Order to be issued by a judge, the papers confirming commencement of legal proceedings needed to be ‘served’ on your ex-partner or their legal advisers refusing ‘service’ and then wait 6 months before the Judge could issue the order. This has now removed with the 6 month clock starting ticking from the day commencement proceedings start to the final Court Order (Decree Absolute) being issued.
The online support package and application process goes online from April 2022.