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No Fault Divorce Solicitors

Quality advice and assistance from expert no fault divorce solicitors

Going through a divorce can be one of life’s most emotional and challenging situations, particularly where you have children together or have been married for a significant length of time.

Our solicitors are dedicated to making the divorce process as stress-free as possible, removing unnecessary conflict, and the burdens that often accompany a divorce through clear advice explained in plain English without any legal jargon.

Throughout the process, you can be confident that our solicitors will provide the utmost sensitivity to your situation, supporting you every step of the way, from filing for divorce to receiving the Final Order and all aspects in between. We can even provide further support for no fault divorce financial settlement arrangements and arrangements for children should you need assistance. 

Our no fault divorce lawyers can provide expertise in matters including:

  • Drafting and applying for divorce applications
  • Responding to no fault divorce applications (only required for sole divorce applications)
  • Divorce financial settlements, such as what will happen to the family home, spousal maintenance, and division of assets
  • Arrangements for children, including where they will primarily live and how much time they will spend with each parent/guardian

The family law team have decades of collective experience assisting families across the East Midlands. We will deliver clear, carefully tailored advice you can trust, providing reassurance that everything has been handled correctly.

With local offices in Leicester and Loughborough, our divorce lawyers can advise individuals and families throughout Leicestershire and the East Midlands.

To speak to a member of our team, please contact your local Johnson Astills office or use our contact form to request a call back.

No-fault divorce FAQs

What is no fault divorce?

After many years of criticism over the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973, the government introduced the new divorce law in 2022, known as no fault divorce. The UK divorce law comes under a new legislation, the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020, which applies in England and Wales and changes a number of key aspects concerning divorce.

What no fault divorce specifically refers to is not placing any blame on either party involved in the divorce. Previously to obtain a divorce, the applicant (previously petitioner) had to prove the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage through one of five facts, three of which (adultery, unreasonable behaviour, and desertion) placed blame on the respondent.

The new divorce rules don’t require the divorce to be proved, ultimately granting a no fault divorce.

What are the grounds for divorce?

When making a divorce application, there is only one ground for divorce that needs to be addressed, and that is the irretrievable breakdown of your marriage. In the application, you will only need to make a ‘statement of irretrievable breakdown’.

Previously there were five facts to support this statement, but when the divorce law changed on 6 April 2022, this no longer became necessary.

Can my spouse contest the divorce?

When making a divorce application, it is not possible for your spouse to contest it, except in very limited circumstances. These limited circumstances include:

  • Where the marriage was not legally valid
  • Where you are already divorced
  • Where the English and Welsh courts do not have jurisdiction for your divorce, e.g. where both spouses are not permanent residents of England or Wales

How long does a divorce take?

The exact minimum length a divorce can take to finalise is 26 weeks (6 months), but this may differ depending on when financial settlements and arrangements for children are agreed upon.

Once the court issue the divorce application, there will be a waiting period of 20 weeks until the Conditional Order is granted (known as the ‘cooling off’ period).

Once the courts have issued the Conditional Order, it is then a further 6 weeks until the courts can issue the Final Order. During the waiting time, spouses can make financial settlement arrangements and arrangements for children.

Our no-fault divorce fees

We are able to offer a range of payment options, including fixed fees where appropriate. For example, filing a divorce application.

Occasionally matters may be more complicated, such as disagreements over financial settlements and arrangements for children. Where this applies, our solicitors may need to charge their services on an hourly basis depending on the solicitor assisting you.

Whichever payment option is more appropriate to your situation, we will provide a clear estimate of the likely costs from the outset, so you can make a fully informed decision on whether to instruct our solicitors through your divorce.

For more information about our service costs, see our fees page.

Why choose our no fault divorce solicitors in Leicester and Loughborough?

Our team of no fault divorce solicitors have extensive expertise in divorce matters, having helped a range of clients over the years to finalise their divorce. Your interests will be at the core of everything we do.

Our family law expertise, including divorce assistance, has been independently acknowledged through the Law Society Family Law Advanced accreditation. We have also received the Children Law accreditation for our Child Law services, including making arrangements for children following a divorce.

A number of our family law team are members of Resolution, including Emma Mitchell. Resolution is a UK organisation of expert family law solicitors who are devoted to reducing conflict in family law matters through alternative dispute resolution.

We are Lexcel accredited by the Law Society for the high standards of our legal practices and are independently regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

Get in touch with our no fault lawyers in Leicester and Loughborough

For specialist help with no fault divorce in Leicester, Loughborough and the surrounding area, please get in touch with a member of our family law team.

You can contact your local Johnson Astills office or feel free to use our contact form to request a call back.