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Payne Hicks Beach

09 June 2021

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

Commentary by Emily Foy, Senior Associate in the Family department, on the delayed introduction of no fault divorce legislation, first published by eprivateclient online on 8 June 2021 and reproduced with kind permission.

The UK's Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has delayed the introduction of no fault divorce legislation from autumn 2021 to 6 April 2022. This is of no surprise to UK divorce lawyers but hugely disappointing for separating couples. 

Emily commented that the delay means the 'blame game' continues and couples will have to wait until next Spring to formalise their separation, allowing them to divorce consensually. She stated "The legislation sorely needs to be prioritised. Parties should have the right to separate amicably and with dignity and the long awaited day cannot come too soon." (paywall)

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.

For further information, please contact your usual contact in the Family Department or, alternatively, telephone on 020 7465 4300.


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