New changes to divorce law in England and Wales are due to come into play after ministers plan to modernise old legislation. 

The Family Law Act 1996 allowed for no-fault divorce provided that couples made an attempt at salvaging the marriage through counselling. The process, which is almost half a century old, holds values that no longer fit the society we live in today and will hopefully make separation more amicable.

Jack Henry, In-House Barrister at DF Legal LLP, says:

“Calls for this action have long been made and are now being heard by the Government, in light of the recent Supreme Court decision in Owens v Owens on the 25th July 2018.

A no-fault based divorce petition will allow parties a further option on the petition and remove the unnecessary element of blame that is currently forced upon them. This element is not always present in every divorce case.”

For further information or support, please contact our Family Law Department on 01684 850750 or email 

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