Yesterday was a momentous occasion for Family Lawyers as we saw the end of clients blaming the other spouse for the breakdown of the marriage in divorce proceedings. We welcomed a new era of No Fault divorce.
I was thrilled yesterday to have my article published in Today's Family Lawyer, on the day this new law came into force.
In removing blame, it is hoped that acrimony at the beginning of the process will dissipate and couples can work in an amicable and collaborative way when resolving the end of their relationship, as well as issues around the children and finances.
I am delighted that I will be writing a regular column for Today's Family Lawyer from May 2022 onwards.
6th April 2022 marks a new dawn for no fault divorce, ending allegations of unreasonable behaviour; years of the wrath of the spouses claiming adultery; excessive claims for costs often used as a punishment for the other’s faults; and preventing the misuse of the process to continue a campaign of domestic abuse by intimidation or coercive control. Instead, couples are encouraged to work co-operatively and collaboratively from the start. These changes are an important milestone in family law, and on balance, it provides optimism for the future.