What is a no-fault divorce?
To celebrate the introduction of the no-fault divorce, but to ensure parties are still fully advised in related children and/or financial issues, we are offering to waive our divorce fee for the month of April 2022 with a minimum spend of £1,000 excluding VAT and court fees*.
Currently, separating couples must either blame the other party for the breakdown of their marriage, or wait 2 years before issuing divorce proceedings and only then with their estranged partner’s consent. Neither situation is ideal and issuing a fault-based divorce petition can polarise separating couples further, resulting in unnecessary arguments which benefits no-one, least of all any children involved. Waiting 2 years before issuing divorce proceeding also leaves finances open creating uncertainty when everyone involved needs as much certainty as possible.
Will the no-fault law be an end to all these problems? Although it will simplify the law relating to divorce and make the divorce process quicker and more accessible, it will not solve all subsequent disputes faced by separating couples.
Why is legal advice important early on?
It is vital that those wishing to divorce take legal advice on the relevant processes and on what comes next, including the division of assets, agreeing where the children will live, agreeing who will keep the family home and what will happen to the family pet. If they don’t, separating couples might find that the change in the law has done them more harm than good with unsuspecting parties to the divorce being left exposed and unable to cope and families left financially vulnerable.
Most people are totally unaware that unless their financial settlement is recorded in a Financial Remedy Order and approved by the Court, the terms are not legally binding or enforceable. Even if there are no assets or pensions to distribute (which is very unusual these days) there may be a discrepancy in income that warrants one party paying the other spousal maintenance. Even if all that is required is a clean break, this must still be recorded in a Financial Remedy Order and approved by the Court to protect both parties from financial claims against the other in the future.
How can Beyond Legal help?
Remember, to ensure parties are still fully advised in related children and/or financial issues, we are offering to waive our divorce fee for the month of April 2022 with a minimum spend of £1,000 excluding VAT and court fees*.
*Terms & Conditions apply.