Changes to divorce law to end the blame game
Divorce in 2020: reform progress and Brachers’ fixed fee divorce services
Divorce reform has been placed firmly back on the government’s agenda for 2020 with The Divorce, Separation and Dissolution Bill being introduced to the House of Lords on 7th January. The bill sets out the proposed reforms of divorce law that do not undermine the institute of marriage.
Current law requires spouses to evidence at least one of five 'facts': adultery, behaviour, desertion, two years' separation (if the other spouse consents to the divorce), or five years' separation (if the other spouse disagrees). The bill will replace these requirements and instead spouses shall make a statement of irretrievable breakdown. There shall also be a new option for a joint application to be made in cases where the decision to divorce is a mutual one. The possibility of contesting the decision to divorce will be removed and the court will be able to make a conditional order once 20 weeks has passed from the start of proceedings. Similar changes will also be made to the law governing the dissolution of civil partnerships.
It is promising that the government has chosen no-fault divorce as the focus for one of its first bills tabled in the new parliament. The proposed changes are long overdue and should make it much easier for separating couples to move on with their lives without acrimony.
It is likely to be some time before the bill is approved and until no-fault divorce is implemented, and so we continue to assist those that are looking to divorce under the current law. In order to provide you with the peace of mind that comes with clear and transparent costs, Brachers has introduced a fixed fee divorce package, providing you with an expert legal team who is in your corner.
We offer an initial fixed fee meeting at £150 plus VAT for one hour when we will advise you of your options. After that if you wish to issue divorce proceedings, you may take advantage of our fixed fee package of £850 plus VAT, plus the court fee of £550. If your spouse has chosen to issue divorce proceedings, we are able to assist you for a fixed fee of £350 plus VAT.
Contact our expert family solicitors on 01622 690691 to find out more about our fixed fee divorce options.
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