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Family Law Services from Comptons Solicitors

Divorce and Separation

Divorce and Separation

Our expert team will help guide you through your divorce and separation considering all elements including but not limited to children and financial settlements.

Based in Camden in North London, our experienced family lawyers help clients across England & Wales. We are rated #1 locally on ReviewSolicitors. Contact us on +44 20 7485 0888 or complete our online enquiry form to speak to one of our specialist family lawyers for a free initial telephone consultation.

Fixed fee & payment plans available. Our dedicated and experienced team of family lawyers have over 30 years’ experience and offer pragmatic, clear and concise advice in all areas of family law.

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On 6th April 2022, under the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020, we saw the divorce (or dissolution) process in England and Wales significantly change, with the ‘no fault’ divorce procedure becoming effective.

Unlike previously where a person would need to meet one of the five pre-determined grounds for divorce, an application can now be made on the sole ground that the marriage (or civil partnership) has broken down irretrievably. 

How does a couple get a No Fault Divorce?

A joint application can be made or either party can apply on their own by completing a sole application. 

Both parties need to agree that you should divorce and that neither party is at risk of domestic abuse if considering a joint application. 

As the court requires the application method to be the same for a joint application, you will both need to agree that you will either apply online or via the post.

Both of you will need to confirm that you want to continue with the divorce application at each stage of the process. 

Should one party stop responding at any point during the process, the other party may proceed with a divorce application as a sole applicant. 

If you are making a sole application, parties do not need to agree about getting a divorce. There are limited grounds to which a husband or wife may rely upon to defend a divorce which is: 

a. On the basis of jurisdiction. 

b. Validity of the marriage. 

c. Disputes over whether the marriage has legally ended (usually due to divorce proceedings taking place overseas). 

The Court processing time will not differ whether making a joint or sole application. The timeframe for getting divorced is estimated at 6 months, taking into account what’s involved in each stage of the process.

Where can I find more information about No Fault Divorce?

To discuss your situation privately, please contact Kiran Reyat for more information using the form below, or by calling +44 (0)20 4538 5417. 

More information, including a blog from Kiran regarding No Fault Divorce, can also be found in our News & Insights area.

Looking for legal advice regarding divorce and separation? Get in touch.

Who to speak to at Comptons

Kiran Reyat
Head of Family Law
+44 (0)20 4538 5417
kiran@comptons.co.uk