Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020

The provisions of the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 (DDSA 2020) come into effect on 6 April 2022 heralding significant changes to the procedure for applications for matrimonial and civil partnership orders, removing the need to prove fault or...

Domestic Abuse Act 2021

This Act takes effect from 1/10/21. It expands the definition of "domestic abuse" and introduces further protective powers for victims and children. Also r S80 of the act prohibits charges being made for medical evidence of domestic abuse.

Increase to court fees

It has been announced that as from 30th September 2021 court fees will be increased. The increased fees are set out in The Court Fees (Miscellaneous Amendments) Order 2021 (legislation.gov.uk).

Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020

Ministers have today announced that the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020, which will allow married couples to divorce without assigning blame, will come into force on 6th April 2022.

Victims Code

At the beginning of April, the government announced that the new victims code came into force. The code offers more support than previously to victims. The code will help inform the Victims Law which is due to be consulted on.

Domestic Abuse Bill

The Domestic Abuse Bill has been passed. The bill will create a statutory definition of domestic abuse, provide for new Domestic Abuse Protection Notice and Orders, prohibit perpetrators of abuse from cross-examining their victims, create a presumption that victims of...


For family lawyers, there are a number of implications and practical considerations arising after Brexit. The two main EU regulations likely to be encountered by practitioners on a day-to-day basis are Council Regulation (EC) No 2201/2003 of 27 November 2003...