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Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act will be officially introduced April 6th 2022

The Government have made an announcement that the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 will come into force on April 6th 2022. The purpose of this Act is to allow for married couples to divorce without assigning blame.

Originally, the plan was to implement the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act in autumn 2021. However, this has been delayed due to the technical side of executing such a big change.

What does the new Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act mean?

There are many changes that will be made stemming from the implementation of the new Act, such as:

  • The term ‘no-fault divorce’ will replace the five currently listed options on legal documents for the reason of divorce (adultery, behaviour, desertion, two years separation, five years separation).
  • The necessity to blame each other when going through a divorce will be eliminated.
  • The option to contest a divorce will no longer be possible.
  • It will be possible to give notice of intended divorce or the end of your civil partnership either as an individual, or as a couple.
  • After giving notice, there will be two stages that will be known as ‘Decree Nisi’ and ‘Decree Absolute. 
  • Each couple will have to go through a six-month minimum notice period.

The shift from fault-based to no-fault divorce proceedings is long overdue and welcomed by many nationwide. Moving away from assigning blame to one person aims to empower people to make decisions about their separation, thus making proceedings more amicable and keeping conflict to a minimum.

How we can help

Our dedicated team are committed to resolving all issues relating to your case, as swiftly and with as little confrontation as possible.  This is an approach that will help limit the damage to you and your family, emotionally and financially.

The level of help you would like from us is entirely up to you. For further information, please contact us.

Funding your case

For most matters we provide fixed fees or transparent hourly rates. You will always know of any costs up front and we will keep you updated if anything changes.

If you are concerned that you may not be able to afford legal advice, then you may be eligible for legal aid funding from the government in specific and limited circumstances.


Our Solicitors can provide expert advice across the country with a network of offices based in: Chesterfield, Derby, Mansfield and Nottingham.

How to get in contact 

Our team are on hand to help you and can assist wherever you are based. Please call us on 0330 333 2613 for a no-obligation, initial discussion or email and we will call or email you back.


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