The Law Society has disclosed that applications for divorce almost doubled in April under the new divorce procedure. 'No fault divorce' came into force in April 2022 meaning couples no longer have to provide evidence of unreasonable behaviour or adultery to begin a divorce. Parties simply need to state that the marriage has 'broken down irretrievably'. 

Over 2,000 of the divorce applications in April 2022 were joint. For the first time, a couple can apply to the court together for a divorce. Having filed one of the first joint divorce applications on behalf of a client, it was a revelation! Both parties have come to the decision to end the marriage together and neither is 'at fault' on the court record. It has so far set the tone for sensible, cooperative discussions to settle the financial claims as well. Here's hoping this will be the new normal.