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What is the easiest way to divorce in England and Wales?

Divorce is never easy, we all know that. There are legal, financial and emotional considerations to be taken into account before you even think about the actual mechanics and paperwork involved in getting a divorce. This post assumes that the reader has sorted their living arrangements, children and financial settlement and that the reader wants… View Article

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    Divorce is never easy, we all know that.

    There are legal, financial and emotional considerations to be taken into account before you even think about the actual mechanics and paperwork involved in getting a divorce.

    This post assumes that the reader has sorted their living arrangements, children and financial settlement and that the reader wants to know what is the easiest way to divorce currently in England and Wales.

    No-Fault Divorce Is Now Divorce Law

    The divorce law in England and Wales has changed to give way for a no-fault divorce. This means you no longer need to wait for a period of 2 years of separation or blame one party for the breakdown of your marriage. What’s more, it is no longer possible for your spouse to contest the divorce, allowing the divorce to proceed without friction or additional costs.

    Speak to our friendly team on Live Chat for quick and reliable answers to your questions or call us on 01793 384 029 for no obligation information and advice on how no-fault divorce works.

    Key changes to know about No-Fault Divorce

    Here is a breakdown of the key divorce law changes that came into effect on 6 April 2022.

    • Couples can make a joint application for divorce – The first change is that divorce proceedings no longer must be initiated by one partner alone. Instead, a couple can make a joint application. While that may seem like a technical measure, supporters of the new law argue that it removes an in-built imbalance that undermines attempts to split amicably.
    • Minimum of 20 weeks cooling off period – The law lays down a minimum allowable period of 20 weeks between the initial application and the conditional order, and another six weeks between the conditional and final orders. That means that even the quickest divorce will take at least six months to complete.
    • Divorce SettlementsIt is recommended that the mandatory 20 weeks reflection period is used to discuss and agree arrangements like a financial settlement if the split is inevitable.
    • Divorce can be granted without blame – The previous list of five permissible ways to prove the breakdown of marriage has been replaced by a single mechanism. Now all that’s required is for at least one spouse to provide a legal statement to say the marriage has broken down irretrievably. This statement counts as conclusive evidence and cannot be contested.
    • Legal Terminology – Some of the terms used in the divorce process have been updated. For example, decree nisi is now called conditional order and decree absolute is called final order.

    How much does a no-fault divorce cost?

    Managed Divorce Service – £199

    This service is the quickest and easiest way to get divorced. Our team of divorce experts handle all aspects of your divorce and keep you updated on the progress, each step of the way – Total Price (Inc. VAT): £199 Fixed-fee.

    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.