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Home Divorce Advice No fault divorce will cause an epidemic of divorce in 2022

No fault divorce will cause an epidemic of divorce in 2022

Online divorce experts at Divorce-Online.co.uk are predicting an explosion in divorce cases in 2022 as a post lockdown divorce surge failed to materialise in 2021.

With marriages all but stopped during the marjoirty of 2020/2021, there are going to be thousands of couples seeking a divorce in 2022.

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    Online divorce experts at Divorce-Online.co.uk are predicting an explosion in divorce cases in 2022 as a post lockdown divorce surge failed to materialise in 2021.

    Record divorce numbers after Christmas 2020.

    The first quarter of 2021 saw record numbers of divorces for Divorce-Online.co.uk with applications up more than 40% on 2020.

    Divorces plummet after freedom day

    However, the second and third quarters saw numbers down 20% on 2020 which allies with Family Court Statistics 2021 showing a 15% reduction in divorce petitions filed in Quarter 3 of 2021 ( July-September)

    Anecdotal evidence from thousands of online enquiries suggests that people are waiting until 2022 to file for a divorce or civil partnership dissolution so they can take advantage of the new no fault provisions.

    The new no fault divorce law was finally introduced after being delayed by Covid 19 and the need for the Government to implement new rules and systems. It will enable people to file for divorce or civil partnership dissolution without having to give a reason and now the other spouse cannot object or delay the divorce.

    Mark Keenan, MD of Divorce-Online, said “ 2021 has been a very strange year as we all know and the effects of this pandemic have yet to reach the divorce statistics, but the no fault divorce rules are going to mean many people who felt trapped by uncooperative spouses can now move on, with the paperwork at least.

    No fault divorce will be slower

    People considering a no fault option should be aware that the new procedure is going to be considerably slower with a 6 month cooling off period after you file before you can obtain your final decree.

    It has been a very strange year for divorce statistics

    Mark Keenan, MD of Divorce-Online, said “ 2021 has been a very strange year as we all know and the effects of this pandemic have yet to reach the divorce statistics. The new no fault divorce rules are going to mean many people who felt trapped by uncooperative spouses can now move on, with the paperwork at least.

    There is a compulsory 6 month cooling-off period after you file for divorce before you can obtain your final decree.

    People should also consider their financial position and get early advice from qualified family law Solicitors. In particular, women who often give up pension rights in homemade settlements.”

    This post was written by Mark Keenan. Editor of the Divorce Online Blog and Managing Director of Online Legal Service Ltd. Mark has been writing about divorce and related subjects for over 20+ years and is an expert in legal marketing.