New Divorce Law to come into force 6th April 2022
In response to a Parliamentary Question, the Government have announced that the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 is to come into force on 6th April 2022.
The Act provides for the biggest reform of divorce law for fifty years, and is aimed at reducing conflict between couples legally ending their marriage or civil partnership. It significantly changes the basis upon which divorces are obtained, and does away with the need to assign blame in the divorce process.
The date is later than had been originally indicated, and is to allow time for the necessary changes in IT to be made to the HMCTS's online Divorce systems.
The Ministry of Justice has worked with the Family Procedure Rules Committee to identify significant changes needed to the Family Procedure Rules 2010 (which govern how family law procedure works in the Family Court), and supporting practice directions, and to devise some key new procedures. Court forms will need to be amended, and the online digital divorce service will need to be updated so as to be able to correctly handle the new law and surrounding processes and procedures.