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/ 06 Apr 2022

D-Day: no fault divorce dates, documents and details

Today is being termed ‘D-day’ with the introduction of ‘no fault’ divorce expecting to open the floodgate of couples who have been waiting patiently for a more amicable way to end their relationship. Partner Elinor Feeny outlines the important dates, documents and details to remember.


Elinor Feeny


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Today (6th April) is the first day a new ‘no fault’ divorce can be applied for. These can either be sole or joint applications and can be by the online portal or, in some circumstances, on paper.

24th August 2022 is the first date a new ‘conditional order’ can be granted on an application that gets issued today, following the introduction of the new 20-week period between starting the process and applying for the conditional order. This is then the first date a financial consent order could be submitted on one of these new cases for judicial approval.

6th October 2022 is the first date a ‘final divorce order’ can be made i.e. the earliest a new divorce can be concluded, if an application is issued today.


As the application no longer needs to assign blame, the form is now simpler with just a tick box that the marriage has broken down irretrievably. You also still need to provide your original marriage certificate or certified copy. If you have changed your name, then you will also need a copy of the statutory declaration or deed poll.


The most important point to remember if that the divorce itself does not make any changes to a financial or child arrangements. These matters need to be resolved separately and in particular in respect of financial matters it is important to get specialist advice to avoid being prejudiced by being divorced without a financial settlement.

It is essential to seek advice on financial matters prior to any application for a final divorce order and advisable to do so at the same time the application is being prepared to allow plenty of time for agreement to be reached so there is no delay to finalising the divorce.

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