Warning over surge in surprise divorces because of new ‘no fault’ law

Lawyers and family courts are expecting a surge in divorce applications next month when a new ‘no-fault’ law comes into effect, making it easier for couples to split. The government’s Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020, which comes into force on April 6, reforms the divorce process to fundamentally change the way the legal system processes divorces.

Partner and Head of the family department, Graeme Fraser has been quoted in national and local news websites including Wales Online, Daily Post, and Essex Live.

Graeme expects a rise in the divorce rate across the country. He said: “In the immediate term, we anticipate a spike in the volume of divorce applications due to the number of couples who have been waiting for the new divorce laws to come into force.

“Potentially the decision to divorce may also come as a bolt out of the blue for some, as no reason has to be provided for a sole application, although couples are encouraged to file joint applications as the new law is designed to reduce conflict.”

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