The first working Monday in January is known as ‘Divorce Monday’ as it tends to be the busiest day of the year for family lawyers.
However, with the introduction of No-Fault Divorce in April 2022, it seems that Divorce Monday may not have been as busy as anticipated for a lot of family lawyers.
At present, you can only apply for a divorce in England and Wales if you establish that your marriage has irretrievably broken down. This is done by proving one of five facts which currently are:
- Unreasonable Behaviour
- Separation for 2 years with consent
- Separation for 5 years without consent
As of April 2022, separated couples will have the option to apply for divorce on the basis that the marriage has irretrievably broken down, although without the need to blame their spouse for the breakdown of the marriage.
As a result of these incoming changes to the divorce process, it has been reported that many separated couples are waiting to make an application for divorce in April on a no-fault basis in order to keep matters amicable.
It is predicted that the usual influx of divorce enquiries in January has therefore been postponed until April 2022. This change has been campaigned for, long awaited, and welcomed by family lawyers.
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Article by Weronika Husejko, Paralegal, Sinclair Law Solicitors
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