No-fault divorce bill – when will it be available?

Family lawyers breathed a sigh of relief last night (17 June) when it was announced that the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill, to introduce no-fault divorce finally cleared through the House of Commons.. The next step is for the bill to receive Royal assent later this year. Receiving Royal assent should be a quick process; however implementation of the bill itself will take some time.

This means that the law will change and couples at some point will be able to get divorced without apportioning blame. However, as redesigning rules, procedures and forms take time, it could be that couples seeking a no-fault divorce may have to wait until autumn 2021 delaying further options for divorcing couples.

If you are considering a divorce or separation, it’s important to get advice and understand your options. For further advice please contact Victoria Walker, family solicitor based at the Richmond office, on or 020 8334 0315.