(Prenuptial, Cohabitation and Separation Agreements)

We offer advice for some family law related issues predominantly where businesses, property or assets are involved.

We do not usually deal with contested matters involving children.

We do not undertake legal aid work.

New law – due late 2021

The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 received Royal Assent on 25 June 2020.

The Act reforms the law on divorce, dissolution and separation by:

a. Removing the need for the party applying for a divorce or dissolution to satisfy the court of either ‘conduct’ or ‘separation’ facts in order to establish irretrievable breakdown of the marriage or civil partnership (and removing the need for an applicant for judicial separation to satisfy the court in relation to any such facts);

b. Removing the ability of a respondent to defend a divorce or dissolution application or dispute a ‘fact’; 

c. Allowing for joint applications for divorce, dissolution and separation;

d. Introducing a new ‘minimum period’ of 20 weeks in divorce and dissolution proceedings between the start of proceedings (when the court issues the application) and when the applicant(s) may apply for a Conditional Order; and

e. Updating the legal language used for divorce (‘Petition’ will become ‘Application’, ‘Petitioner’ will become ‘Applicant’, ‘Decree Nisi’ will become ‘Conditional Order’ and ‘Decree Absolute’ will become ‘Final Order’).