A long-awaited ‘no fault’ divorce law comes into effect on 6 April 2022, meaning married couples wanting a divorce will no longer have to blame anyone for the relationship breakdown.
Under current legislation married couples and couples in civil partnerships can only apply for a divorce if they can prove to the court that their marriage has broken down irretrievably and as a result of one of the couple’s actions, which must be proved by one of five reasons:
- Unreasonable behaviour
- Two years’ separation with consent
- Five years’ separation without consent
When the new law comes into force couples will no longer have to prove their partner was at fault for their marriage breakdown. And while currently only one partner can apply for the divorce the new law will permit both partners to apply for a divorce together if they wish to.