Blythe Liggins mark 'no fault divorce' legislation anniversary with free advice sessions - The Leamington Observer

Blythe Liggins mark 'no fault divorce' legislation anniversary with free advice sessions

Leamington Editorial 11th May, 2023   0

SOLICITORS are offering free divorce advice sessions to mark the recent first year anniversary of the introduction of the ‘no-fault divorce’ legislation.

Leamington-based Blythe Liggins Solicitors is offering the no obligation 30-minute, in-person advice sessions with a member of its family law team for anyone wanting to find out more.

The new ‘no-fault divorce’ legislation came into force in April 2022, allowing couples to individually or jointly approach a court to ask for a divorce without needing to blame one another.

Previously, couples had to be separated for two years with each other’s consent, or five years without, before they could apply for a divorce, otherwise they would need to blame the other party.

The free advice sessions at the long established law firm are available on the mornings of Wednesday May 24, and Friday May 26, and need to be booked in advance to avoid disappointment.

Sophia Mellor, head of family law at Blythe Liggins, said the new no-fault legislation had had a positive impact, but professional guidance was still vital in a separation to avoid difficulties in resolving financial disputes.

“The removal of a ‘culture of blame’ is having the desired effect of allowing divorcing couples to focus on resolving issues amicably.

“Our advice sessions reflect how successful the change in the divorce law has proved to be, while also highlighting the difficulties which can be encountered when resolving financial disputes without professional input.” Ministry of Justice figures show that between April and June 2022 there were 33,234 divorce applications made under the new law. Of these, 78 per cent were made by sole applicants and 22 per cent of applications were made jointly – an approach which was not possible before the new law came in.

In that period, there were more than 33,500 divorce applications made altogether under both the old and new laws – an increase of 22 per cent compared to the same months in 2021 – which represents the highest number of divorce applications in a decade.

Those interested in attending a divorce advice session should call 01926 831231 or e-mail [email protected].


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