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Divorce Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 will be the biggest change in Divorce Law for 50 years

Divorce law is set to emerge from the Stone Age when the  (DDSA 2020) will commence on 6th April 2022. It will be the biggest change in divorce law and procedure for 50 years, bringing in the “no-fault divorce”.

This change means that married couples or those in civil partnerships will now be able to divorce without assigning any blame. The aim of this new act is to reduce conflict between couples and make the divorce process as amicable as possible. Instead, an application must be accompanied by a statement that the marriage has broken down irretrievably, and following this, the Court must accept the statement and make a divorce order.

The Decree nisi and Decree Absolutes will be replaced with divorce orders:

(a) the first a conditional order; and then

(b) a final order 6 weeks after making the conditional order.

‘It is still not the “quickie” divorce,’ say Maidstone based Elite Legal Services, ‘the Court will not accept confirmation from either or both parties that they wish the application to continue before 20 weeks have elapsed from the start of the proceedings. It might just be worth waiting until the DDSA 2020 comes into force before issuing that application.’

For further advice and guidance on divorce and other legal queries contact Elite Legal Services by phoning: 01622 805116 emailing: or visiting:

Photo: Veronica White – Solicitor at Elite Legal Services

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