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No Fault Divorce Bill - implementation expected autumn 2021

No Fault Divorce Bill - implementation expected autumn 2021

The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill which concluded its passage through the House of Commons this week has one more return to the House of Lords to consider an amendment to the Bill before it is expected to receive Royal assent.

The Law Society's Gazette interviewed The Lord Chancellor, Robert Buckland, who told MPs that the bill’s reforms will not come into force on Royal assent - as time is needed for the Bill's 'careful implementation’.

Buckland, Ministry of Justice, said: ‘At this early stage, we are working towards an indicative timetable of implementation in autumn 2021.’

This delays further the options of divorcing couples now in 2020 and into 2021, who had hoped to make use of the bill's new 'No-Fault' or 'Irretrievable Breakdown' option and 20-week cooling-off period, making it far easier for couples to divorce without one party providing evidence against the other party to find fault or show blame in the marriage.


Read the Gazette's article here

Read Lawson-West's most recent No Fault Divorce articles:

Second Reading [8 Jun 2020]

No Fault Divorce article [4 Feb 2020]

Emma Piff

Emma Piff, Solicitor & Head of Family at Lawson-West Solicitors

If you are affected by a family breakdown, separation or divorce, you can speak to Emma Piff in total confidence  

You can read more about our divorce and separation service on our dedicated web page here.

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