Divorce applications increase


Divorce applications appear to have increased since the introduction of ‘no fault’ divorce on 6 April.

HM Courts and Tribunals Service reportedly received 3,000 divorce applications in the first week following the long-awaited changes to the divorce law. This represents a 50% rise on the weekly average.

It is yet to be seen whether this level of activity will be sustained, but it certainly appears that some couples have delayed divorce applications pending the introduction of the new system.

No fault divorce removes the need to blame one or other party when a marriage breaks down. Instead, a couple can provide a statement of irretrievable breakdown.

The aim is to reduce the potential for conflict during a divorce, something which can be extremely damaging for couples, their children and wider family.

The law relating to finances and child arrangements remains unchanged and couples do still need to get good legal advice when making these arrangements to ensure a clean break from their spouse by way of legally binding agreements.

In our experience at Beswicks, the new ‘no fault’ system does appear to be removing one area of tension for separating couples. This is likely to mean that resolving issues over finances and children are not worsened by reference to one party’s behaviour or adultery in the divorce.

While some couples have decided to take the plunge and submit their own divorce applications, others have recognised that the new system does not remove the need for good legal advice, especially if they are seeking complete clarity on future arrangements and are keen to draw a final line under their marriage.

If you need advice on any aspect of divorce, finances or child arrangements, please do not hesitate to contact our Stoke-on-Trent solicitors on 01782 205000 or our Altrincham solicitors on 0161 929 8446. Alternatively, you can email enquiry@beswicks.com.

We offer two types of initial family appointments: a standard fixed fee consultation charged at £100+vat for one hour, or a detailed Beswicks Overview appointment costing £250+vat. The Overview appointment includes a summary of the advice given and options on resolving issues.