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Are we closer to no fault divorces?

Soon couples choosing to divorce can take the ‘blame game’ out of the equation. On the 8th June 2020 a bill introducing “no fault” divorces in England and Wales was passed in the House of Commons.

Currently to petition for a divorce, one of the five ‘facts’ that the marriage has irretrievably broken down needs to be proven. These are adultery, unreasonable behaviour, two or five years separation and desertion.

This can cause more tensions and upset in an already stressful situation and many have called for change to this over the years.

The new law will remove the need to prove one of the five facts, leaving the only ground for a divorce being that your marriage has “irretrievably broken down.”

It is likely the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill will come into effect in Autumn 2021.

At TLS Solicitors we welcome this change. Please get in touch for a no obligation fixed fee quote for divorce and separation agreements.

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