The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act

The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act

This Act will come into force shortly. It is intended to reduce conflict between the parties on divorce. Currently, the parties have to file one or more of a number of grounds to obtain a divorce and that will no longer be necessary.

Under the Act, the only requirements will be to show that the marriage has irretrievably broken down. Both parties can make that statement.

In addition, that cannot be contested. There will then be a minimum period of 20 weeks from starting proceedings in the Court and a conditional order for divorce might be made after that period. This means that the parties can try to agree on practical arrangements for the future in respect of both property and children issues.

The Government has been concerned for some time to try to reduce conflict on divorce. It is hoped that this Act will help in that aim.

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