The Divorce Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 has completely reformed the process of divorcing and has brought an end to fault-based divorce and allows couples to end their marriage jointly.
The act also establishes 20 weeks between the start of proceedings and the application for the conditional order, which offers couples with a meaningful period of reflection and the chance to reconsider. When divorce is inevitable, it enables couples to cooperate and plan together, meaning that a divorce can be achieved with no blame being assigned to either party.
As part of the new law, joint applications for divorce have been introduced. Here we are going to discuss the benefits of joint applications and how to apply:
The most positive aspect of joint applications – for couples that wish to do it together- is that the whole process becomes easier and allows couples to take responsibility and make decisions together for financial matters and children arrangements in a peaceful way.
Previously, during the divorce legal proceeding, blame or reasoning had to be assigned to one person – unless separated couples were prepared to wait for two years to pass – which created unnecessary hostility and added more tension on top of all the stress the couples went through. With the new legislation and the option to jointly apply, it’s like the tone is set for an amicable divorce process.
Another positive that we have found with joint applications is that both parties are involved at the same time, in every step of the process, so neither party will feel left out or will be let down by decisions they didn’t know.
How can we apply for a divorce?
Although there is an easy option to apply online, these online applications don’t resolve any financial issues or children’s responsibilities.
Our family law solicitors can advise you in more detail about the application process based on your joint and individual needs. Once we apply for your divorce, we can then also assist you with applying for the Conditional Order and Final Order and we will make sure your divorce goes ahead as quickly as possible.
We offer a free consultation service if you feel like you need some advice before proceeding. Call DMA Law link on 01325 482299 or complete our online contact form to get in touch with our family law team.