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11 June 2021

No fault divorce reforms off the table for 2021

Commentary by Emily Foy, Senior Associate in the Family department, on the Ministry of Justice’s decision to delay divorce reforms for six months while it grapples with issues regarding technology, legal, and court procedures, first published by The Law Society Gazette and New Law Journal online on 9 June 2021 and reproduced with kind permission.

Provisions under the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act – which received Royal assent a year ago – were due to commence this autumn. However, the Ministry of Justice quietly admitted this week that it needed more time to amend and test the digital system. The reforms will now commence on 6 April 2022.

Emily is an experienced family solicitor, specialising in high net worth financial settlements, particularly those with an international element and has a growing practice in the particular legal complexities faced by the modern family.

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