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24 January 2022

Lawyers prepare for the biggest shake-up to divorce laws in 50 years – Simon Beccle comments for the FT

Comments by Simon Beccle, Partner in the Family department at Payne Hicks Beach feature in the article on the anticipated rise in divorce cases following the introduction of the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill which comes into effect in April.

Simon acted for Tini Owens in her unsuccessful divorce appeal to the Supreme Court in 2018 and which provided the catalyst for the change in legislation.

First published online in the Financial Times on 23 January 2022 and reproduced with kind permission.

Simon Beccle is a family law specialist and Partner in the Family department at Payne Hicks Beach. For further information, please contact Simon by email or telephone on 020 7465 4300.

Additional information on the background to the introduction of no-fault divorce in the UK

June 2021: Introduction delayed from 2021 to 2022

No fault divorce reforms off the table for 2021

No fault divorce delay disappointing but not surprising say UK family lawyers

June 2020: The Bill receives Royal Assent

Commentary by Simon Beccle on the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020

Simon Beccle and his client Tini Owens, who lost Supreme Court marriage fight, both welcome divorce law reform

June 2019: The Bill is first introduced in Parliament

April 2019:

Simon Beccle: Divorce Law’s new ‘no fault’ legislation

Divorce Law: new no fault legislation will end blame game for married couples

February 2019:

Divorce laws to be rewritten following the Supreme Court’s 2018 Judgment in Tini Owens v Hugh John Owens

Autumn 2018: Consultation paper published by the Justice Secretary

July 2018: The Supreme Court Judgment

Simon Beccle: Justices deny divorce for Tini Owens but seek new law

Simon Beccle comments on the Supreme Court Judgment which refuses Payne Hicks Beach client Tini Owens a divorce and ties her into a loveless marriage

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