Divorce /

Here at PGM Solicitors we have a highly experienced Family Law team, appreciating that each and every client will face a unique challenge during this time. You can be confident you will receive a service tailored to suit your needs and be assured that we will be here every step of the way to offer advice and support.

Coming to the decision that your marriage/civil partnership has come to an end is not an easy time for anyone. During this time of heightened emotion you will also be faced with the difficulties of the practicalities of the divorce procedure itself and the financial implications of the separation.


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Grounds for Divorce/Dissolution

Known officially as the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020, this updated landmark legislation allows married couples to divorce without assigning blame. The introduction of a no-fault divorce system will mean that couples can petition for a divorce jointly without either person being held at fault.

Key points:

  • the ‘five facts’ have been replaced with a new requirement to provide a statement of irretrievable breakdown
  • the possibility of contesting the divorce has been removed
  • introduction of a joint application
  • a change in language has been made to plain English, for example, changing ‘decree nisi’ to conditional order and ‘decree absolute’ to final order

These changes will also apply to the dissolution of civil partnerships.

Under the old legislation married couples and couples in civil partnerships could only apply for a divorce if they could prove to the court that their marriage has broken down irretrievably and as a result of one of the couple’s actions, proved by one of five reasons:

  • Adultery
  • Unreasonable behaviour
  • Desertion
  • Two years’ separation with consent
  • Five years’ separation without consent

Divorce Procedure

Under the new law, you simply need to make a statement that the marriage has irretrievably broken down.

A statement that a marriage is over will, in most cases, be all the proof the court needs.

The process:

  • A single or joint application for a divorce order made.
  • 20 weeks later, the applicant or applicants can apply for the conditional decree.
  • 6 weeks later, the Final Order can be made.

For further advice, contact us on 01792 468684 or email enquiries@pgmsolicitors.co.uk.

You can download our Divorce FAQ Guidance Note here.


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