No fault divorce is coming!

8th June 2021

For a long time there has been a need for no fault divorce proceedings; most divorce proceedings come with a requirement for blame to be assigned to one party for the breakdown of the relationship. This more than often makes a stressful situation worse.

The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 which will allow married couples to divorce without assigning blame has now been confirmed as coming into law on 06 April 2022; this is the biggest change in divorce law for fifty years.

The Act comes into force earlier than expected and will have the effect of streamlining many divorces whereby the parties have simply grown apart or the relationship has simply “run its course” and allows the parties to move on without causing additional friction or conflict.

The main reason for the delay appears to be to allow the online system and forms to be altered and tested in advance and for practitioners to familiarise themselves with the new forms and the Act ready for next year.

As more news is released, Burtons will provide additional information.

If you are in need of advice in relation to divorce, separation, children matters or financial matters arising out of the end of a relationship, please do not hesitate to contact our Head of Family, Maria Steele-Williams, on 01892 824 577 or on