North Devon family lawyers, Slee Blackwell, are preparing for ‘no-fault’ divorce
Game changing ‘no-fault’ divorce is set to be introduced next year.
The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill has already been passed by the House of Commons and looks set to become law in the autumn of 2021.
The move to no-fault divorce in England and Wales has been widely welcomed by the legal profession, including the Law Society.
North Devon family lawyer Paul Jordan, who leads the family law team at Slee Blackwell, was delighted with the announcement:
“It’s been a long time coming, but I’m pleased that all the campaigning has finally paid off. The present divorce process is divisive and creates unnecessary conflict. It isn’t good for the couples who are divorcing, and it certainly isn’t good for their children who have been the silent victims of the current law which can be so divisive. The new procedures will allow lawyers to deal with the end of a marriage much more constructively, to the benefit of the whole family.”
Under the new no-fault system couples can petition for divorce jointly in a dignified non-confrontational manner, instead of one Petitioner making allegations against a Respondent which often creates bad feeling and resentment.
Critics of the new no-fault scheme have expressed concerns that it is the back door to a ‘quickie divorce’, but proponents deny this is the case and say that it does not in any way trivialise divorce and the process will incorporate a minimum overall time frame.
If you need legal advice on divorce or any financial dispute related to the breakdown of a relationship you can contact North Devon family lawyers Slee Blackwell on our free legal helpline. Just call 0333 888 0404 or alternatively get in touch with us by email at i[email protected]