What does no-fault mean in divorce?
No-fault divorce meaning
The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill gained Royal assent on the 26th June 2020, ending years of campaigning to remove the need to blame one of the parties when seeking to divorce allowing for no-fault divorce. This is a reflection of the fact that divorce lawyers and other legal professionals believe that, in this instance at least, that current divorce law is out of date. In response, the new law will:
Remove the need to prove one of the five facts of divorce (adultery, unreasonable behaviour, desertion of two years, separation of two years with consent to divorce and separation of five years without consent). Instead, only a statement of irretrievable breakdown will be needed.
Make it possible to jointly file for divorce, rather than it solely being one partner bringing the case.
Remove archaic language from the process (e.g., changing ‘decree absolute’ to ‘final order’.