Bringing a marriage or civil partnership to an end is one of the hardest things in life to deal with and until recently, couples who recognised their relationship with one another was over had to undergo a period of separation before they could start divorce or dissolution proceedings. Alternatively, they would have to blame their husband or wife for the breakdown of the marriage and provide the Court with details.
Any placement of blame can lead to acrimony between the parties who really just wanted to end their marriage in a sensitive, respectful and cost effective manner.
If you are worried about blame, or how you might be treated, you can contact our specialist divorce solicitors at any of our offices in Potters Bar, Hertford or Finchley.
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Our team of divorce solicitors will keep you aware of any changes to the law.
Fortunately, the new Divorce Dissolution and Separation Act which came into force on 6 April 2022 has changed this need for blame.
- There is no longer a requirement to undergo a period of separation before starting divorce proceedings.
- There is no need to have to blame the other party for the breakdown of the marriage.
- There is no need for you to spend your hard-earned money, investments and savings on legal fees arguing about whose fault it is that the marriage or civil partnership has broken down.
- Unnecessary confrontation which would otherwise have had an emotional impact on you and your children can also be avoided.
- You can now obtain a divorce simply on the basis that the marriage has broken down irretrievably and nothing further is required.
A no blame divorce.
No need to wait for a period of separation (although please note you must wait for 1 year from the date of marriage until you can apply for a divorce).
Here at Martin Shepherd Solicitors LLP our divorce solicitors welcome these long overdue changes in the law and are committed to dealing with family law in a constructive and non-confrontational way.
Please contact Antoinette Doyle or Maria Scott, to find out more, or to speak to a local high quality divorce solicitor in Potters Bar, Hertford or Finchley.