From the 6th of April 2022, no-fault divorce proceedings came into effect. There is no longer a requirement for you to prove the grounds for the breakdown of your marriage.

Previously, the reasons were:

  • Adultery
  • Unreasonable behaviour
  • Desertion
  • Living separately for at least 2 years (with agreement)
  • Living separately for at least 5 years (without agreement)

Since the introduction of no-fault divorce, we often get asked the same questions from our clients. To help you better understand the process, read our FAQs:

How do I start divorce proceedings?

If the couple has been married for at least one year, then they can either apply individually or together under the new no-fault divorce law.

This process can be completed online via the government website.

What happens during divorce proceedings?

Divorce proceedings is the process of ending a legal marriage.

The process will consist of engaging with a court, whereby the divorcees will need to agree on the financial, property, and custodial arrangements. Depending on your circumstances, will depend on how long it takes to get divorced. However, with the introduction of no-fault divorce, this process has been made much simpler.

Does it make a difference who files for divorce first?

No it does not, any person can apply whether that is jointly or on their own. This will not affect the proceedings.

How long do the divorce proceedings take?

As mentioned before, depending on your circumstances the divorce proceedings can take 6-8 months to finalise. If there are disagreements regarding finances, business, property, or children, it could take much longer.

Do you have any more questions regarding the no-fault divorce proceedings? Get in touch with our team of experts today.