While it may seem as though divorce regulations have been the same for many years now, significant changes were made in April 2022. We take a look at these in our guide to getting divorced and explore how Bowsers Solicitors can help.
Why Has Divorce Changed?
Divorce in the UK is sometimes considered to be especially contentious, due to the fact that we did not have an option of a blame-free divorce. Since April 6th 2022, however, the regulations surrounding divorce have changed in order to reduce the amount of conflict inherent in the process.
How Have Things Changed?
The most important and notable change is that it is no longer necessary to make allegations about a spouse’s conduct. This has previously been a common and necessary part of divorce in the UK, as there was no such thing as a no-fault divorce. Grounds for divorce had to be brought forward, which often called into question the character of one party – with accusations of adultery, lack of involvement in family life and more being common.
What Else Has Changed?
A guide to divorce would not be complete without noting the second change that has been made to UK divorce law. Previously, it has only been possible for one spouse to file for divorce, but now a couple is able to end their marriage jointly. This allows couples to come to a decision between themselves and can result in a less contentious process.
Changes To Time Frames
The introduction of the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 made notable changes to divorce. While other updates seek to make divorce easier, this act introduced a minimum period of twenty weeks between the initial filing and the application for the conditional offer. This act is designed to allow couples to pause, reflect, and decide whether or not they truly wish to divorce.
Can You Contest A Divorce?
Since these changes have come into place, it is no longer an option to contest a divorce, generally speaking. There are some limited grounds on which you can contest a divorce, such as how valid the marriage was, or if there is suspected coercion or fraud.
How Bowsers Solicitors Can Help You
Are you seeking a more in-depth guide to divorce? At Bowsers Solicitors, our experienced team is here to assist you throughout the divorce process, ensuring that there are as few complications as possible. Get in touch to find out more about how we can help you.
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