No Fault Divorce With Justin Law Solicitors

No Fault Divorce is coming into effect in April 2022. We explain the implications of the divorce law reforms and explain how Justin Law Solicitors are pioneering services around this change.

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What is a No Fault Divorce?

No-fault divorce is the name given to the divorce law reform being introduced in April 2022 in England and Wales that removes the need for blame as a basis for divorce.

The traditional system of divorce relies on blame and fault, as legal issues often do; divorcing parties must be able to point to issues in their marriage that caused irrevocable breakdown, such as adultery or unreasonable behaviour.

Needless to say, bringing personal issues such as these into a legal setting makes the provision of legal assistance much more difficult, and can move the focus away from equitable separation and onto the ‘blame game’, which helps nobody, least of all the couple in question.

It’s for that reason that divorce law firms like Justin Law Solicitors supported the introduction of no-fault divorce, which came into law in April 2022.

We act for clients locally and in the surrounding areas of Slough, Maidenhead, Windsor and Beaconsfield, the Thames Valley and M4 corridor as well as further afield, both nationally and internationally.

All of our divorce clients are offered a free initial meeting with no time limit.

Divorce can be granted without one person (spouse) blaming the other

The most important element of no fault divorce is, of course, the removal of fault or blame from the divorce process. Under the new laws, couples will be able to get divorced solely on the basis that the marriage has broken down, without needing to cite one of the 5 reasons for divorce (as is currently required).

This means that if the couple agrees to a divorce and the divorce is amicable or uncontested, there won’t be a requirement for one person to blame the other for the breakdown of the marriage.

Couples will be able to apply for divorce jointly

Under current laws, one spouse needs to issue divorce proceedings against the other. The person who starts the divorce is called the petitioner and the other person is called the respondent. Under the no fault divorce system, both people will be able to make the application jointly.

The person applying for the divorce will be called the applicant, instead of the petitioner. The decree nisi will become the conditional order and the decree absolute will be called the final order.

It will no longer be possible to contest a divorce

Under the current system, one person submits a divorce petition, citing their spouse’s behaviour or a period of separation as the reason for the divorce, and their spouse can contest this. This is exactly what has happened in the high-profile divorce case of Tini and Hugh Owens. Under the new no fault divorce system, this option will be removed.

Couples will be able to apply for divorce jointly

Under current laws, one spouse needs to issue divorce proceedings against the other. The person who starts the divorce is called the petitioner and the other person is called the respondent. Under the no fault divorce system, both people will be able to make the application jointly.

What are the advantages of No Fault Divorce?

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Domestic abusers will not be able to contest and ‘trap’ a spouse in an unwanted marriage for five years plus.

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It reduces conflict in a divorce situation, which is better for the families as a whole.

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Parents are not having to blame each other so helps keep things amicable for their ongoing parenting relationship after divorce.

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Reduces the compulsory time to wait for a divorce to 6 months – instead of having to wait 2 or 5 years. This allows couples to move on with their lives quicker and reduce ongoing conflict.

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It avoids the façade of asking clients to come up with grounds of behaviour considered unreasonable, instead they can both simply agree they want to file for a divorce together.

Dealing with Finances in No Fault Divorce

 

The no fault divorce process will not automatically end a couple’s financial commitments to each other, so it’s important that finances are dealt with at the same time as the divorce. Unless you take steps to resolve your financial matters, one person could make a financial claim against the other after getting divorced.

Find out more about Divorce and Finances and how Justin Law Solicitors can help.

Harjas Sehra | Senior Partner

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Our Solicitors offer expert legal advice in the following areas:

In our Slough office we have specialist solicitors who are experts in each area of Family Law. Contact us and we will advise you which lawyer is best matched to the specific needs of your case.

DIVORCE

Relationship breakdowns are a time of emotional hardship and we will guide and support you throughout the process.

CHILDREN

We offer you pragmatic advice to resolve any disputes about your children, whether financial or practical.

FINANCES

We will advise you to help you reach the financial settlement that is right for you and your family.

We can help

We appreciate that separations can be distressing. Our family law team are both experienced and sensitive and will explain your options and their consequences clearly and carefully. We can also meet you outside normal business hours.

If you are facing divorce or separation, you will require the experience and expertise of a knowledgeable divorce and finances solicitor. We will be able to quickly ascertain your financial disclosure and personal circumstances to give realistic advice as to what the possible outcome may be. Justin Law Solicitors provide this expertise.

Financial disputes can prove to be the most costly part of a marriage breakdown. Ultimately, co-operation on both sides is the key to keeping legal costs to a minimum and a divorce settlement that suits all parties.

Justin Law Solicitors provide quality advice at an affordable rate enabling a broad range of clients to manage the financial negotiations effectively.

    Leigh Holden | Legal Secretary

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