What is no fault divorce? Family Law

No fault divorce was introduced in April 2022. It means that the only ground for divorce is now ‘irretrievable breakdown’, marking a move away from the previous system of having to rely on one of five ‘facts’ to prove the marriage had broken down irretrievably, for example adultery, unreasonable behaviour, desertion.

The departure from fault-based divorce aims to make the divorce process less acrimonious and harmful to families.

However, the law relating to finances and child arrangements remains unchanged and, while applying for divorce may be simpler, couples still need to get advice from a divorce lawyer when making arrangements relating to financial and children matters to ensure agreements that are entered into are legally binding.

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