No-fault divorces: ending the divorce ‘blame game’

The way you can get a divorce in set to change, with a new Bill being backed by MPs.

The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill was first introduced in June 2019, but twice came to a standstill due to Brexit discussions and the UK General Election. With royal assent imminent, this bill aims to reduce family conflict by incorporating a ‘no fault’ process to divorce.

What does this mean for divorcing couples?

As it currently stands, when an individual files for divorce they must state it against evidence of at least one of five ‘facts’: adultery, behaviour, desertion, two years’ separation (if the other spouse consents), or five years’ separation (if the other spouse disagrees).

The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill will substitute the requirement to evidence by ‘fact’ with a statement of irretrievable breakdown. Spouses will no longer be able to contest the divorce, although divorces will remain contestable on grounds such as coercion or fraud.

A positive approach

The Bill aims to reduce the levels of harmful conflict between divorcing couples by avoiding confrontation wherever possible and reducing the potentially damaging effect it can have on children.

The introduction will also include a six month period between initially filing for divorce and when the divorce is completed. This gives both parties time to reflect, where turning back is still possible, and better enable couples to make arrangements for the future.

Next steps

The ending of a relationship is rarely easy and, while this Bill aims to make divorce less painful, the right solicitor will help guide you through the process.

Our experienced team of family solicitors approach each matter with care and compassion, to help you through this difficult time. If you’d like to know more, or wish to speak to a specialist solicitor, please don’t hesitate to contact us today on 01296 318 500 or email