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24 March 2022

No-fault divorce and new online process for divorce applications

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From 6 April 2022, the new legislation authorising no-fault divorce will come into force.

This long-awaited change has been in the pipeline for several years and is one of the most significant overhauls to family law within the last 25 years.

A new online divorce process to accommodate the above will mean that the old portal service will close at 4pm on 31 March 2022.

Key dates to note

  • Online applications must be submitted by 4pm on 31 March 2022
  • Paper applications must be received by 4pm on 31 March 2022
  • The new paper and digital services will be accessible from 6 April 2022
  • Urgent applications submitted between 4pm on 31 March and 6 April 2022 will continue to be accepted and issued where possible, if received by post or email before 4pm on 5 April 2022

It is important to note that applications received by the above dates cannot be guaranteed to be issued before 6 April 2022. It is therefore advisable to submit applications as soon as possible ahead of the above dates.

If you wish to receive any advice or guidance in light of the above, please contact our Family Law team and we would be happy to assist you. Get in touch here.

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