Getting a divorce or civil partnership dissolution has never been easier. On the 6th of April 2022, ‘no-fault divorce’ was introduced, allowing people to apply for divorce without having to place blame for the relationship breakdown.
Our Family Law specialist, Teresa Braddon, is a member of Resolution and has always specialised in helping people find the most positive solution to their issues. In most cases, our combination of practical legal advice and negotiation skills allows people to get through the process with minimal stress (which also helps them save on costs).
We can provide all the advice you need about getting a divorce or civil partnership dissolution, including simple, straightforward advice about no-fault divorce. With local offices in Hoddesdon and Broxbourne, we work with clients from across Hertfordshire, as well as a growing number of clients elsewhere in England, Wales and abroad.
Our team are also happy to speak over the phone, via email or through videoconferencing for your safety and convenience.
For a friendly, informal discussion about how our family lawyer can help you with no-fault divorce, please get in touch:
How we can help you with no-fault divorce
If you are thinking about getting a divorce or dissolution, there are many things you need to think about.
Our specialist family law solicitor can talk you through your options and help you find a way forward. We can handle the divorce application on your behalf, ensuring that all the details are completed to the highest degree of accuracy.
We will treat your matter with care and respect, putting your needs and the needs of your children first at all times. Our goal will be to help you start moving towards your future with confidence.
For general information about how the process works and our approach to helping clients with divorce, visit our Divorce, Separation & Finances page.
Our divorce pricing
Fixed fee divorce
We can offer fixed fees for many parts of the divorce process. The divorce application stage can usually be entirely dealt with within our fixed fees, so you can always know where you stand on costs.
We also offer an initial consultation for £75 plus VAT, during which our family lawyer will talk about the process, including no-fault divorce, and give you an indication of the work needed going forwards.
Hourly rates for divorce settlement advice
For more complex work, we will typically work to an agreed hourly rate. We will always provide a realistic costs estimate and keep you fully informed about the work that needs doing so you stay in control of your overall spending.
No-fault divorce FAQs
What is no-fault divorce?
What is the no-fault divorce process?
Who can apply for no-fault divorce?
How long does no-fault divorce take?
How much does no-fault divorce cost?
Is the new divorce law in force now?
Does no-fault divorce mean I won’t have to go to court?
Does no-fault divorce affect civil partnership dissolution?
In 2020, the government passed a law to end the ‘blame game’ of the current divorce law. On the 6th April 2022, ‘no-fault divorce’ came into effect, allowing couples to simply say ‘my marriage has irretrievably broken down’.
The government states, ‘These new laws will stop separating couples having to make needless allegations against one another, and instead help them focus on resolving their issues amicably.’
By reducing any risk of conflict over the reasons for divorce, couples may be able to talk about issues such as the division of finances or co-parenting arrangements in a more cooperative way.
It also means that parties are no longer able to object to a divorce application and drag their partner to court (except in very narrow cases such as fraud).
The process of obtaining a divorce has not significantly changed apart from a couple of key factors.
The applicant (either solely or jointly) will complete the divorce application online. The application needs to provide a statement of the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage but there is no longer a requirement to use one of the previously established ‘facts’ to prove this.
If the divorce application was solely made, the court will send a copy of the application to the respondent, who will then be required to acknowledge the divorce application through an ‘acknowledgement of service’ form, this must be returned to the court within 14 days of receipt.
Once the application has been issued by the court, the applicant or joint applicants will need to wait a minimum of 20 weeks before they can apply for the Conditional Order (previously decree nisi).
After the conditional order has been granted, there is a further 6 weeks wait before the Final Order (previously decree absolute) can be applied for. Once the final order has been granted by the court, the involved party are legally divorced.
During the 6 week wait before being able to apply for the Final Order, the divorcing couple can make arrangements for their finances and children, or this can be done once the divorce has been finalised.
Either party in the marriage can apply for a divorce as long as those involved have been married for a minimum of 12 months. Unlike the previous divorce law, the no-fault divorce law allows ex-partners to jointly or solely apply for divorce.
The minimum length of time that no-fault divorce takes is 26 weeks (6 months), however, this can be longer depending on your personal circumstances.
The time between the no-fault divorce application being issued and applying for the Conditional Order will take a minimum of 20 weeks. Once the Conditional Order has been granted, the divorcing couple will need to wait an additional minimum of 6 weeks before applying for the Final Order.
Other aspects of the divorce, such as the divorce financial settlement and arrangements for children, can take considerably longer, especially where there are disagreements.
The cost to make an application to court for no-fault divorce is £593. There will be additional costs on top, including the cost of instructing a solicitor.
Yes, the new no-fault divorce law came into force on the 6th of April 2022.
It is unlikely you would need to go to court in relation to the divorce application. However, no-fault divorce does not guarantee that you will avoid court. Sometimes, couples need to go to court to sort out financial arrangements or arrangements for children, if applicable.
That being said, the vast majority of couples do not need to go to court. Our specialist family lawyer is a member of Resolution and specialises in helping couples find amicable out-of-court solutions wherever possible. As well as having a high level of negotiation skills, we can refer you to mediation or other alternative dispute resolution methods if it would suit you.
Yes. No-fault civil partnership dissolution is also covered by the new law.
No-fault civil partnership dissolution allows you to apply for dissolution without having to put reasons on the application, except that the relationship has irretrievably broken down.
Speak with our no-fault divorce solicitor in Hoddesdon & Broxbourne
For a friendly, informal discussion about how our no-fault divorce lawyers can help you get a divorce or civil partnership dissolution, please get in touch today.