Lawyer Monthly - July 2022

32 WWW.LAWYER-MONTHLY.COM | JUL 2022 One of the biggest changes to divorce law was implemented earlier this year, with the introduction of no-fault divorce in England and Wales. Coming into force on 6 April 2022, this change in law removed the necessity of placing blame on one partner in a divorce and has had a substantial impact on the way proceedings work and the relative ease of the process. One of the primary aims of no-fault was to reduce acrimony in divorces, and the family justice system as a whole is undergoing significant modifications to try to reduce contentious divorces and keep cases out of court. The impact of the pandemic has been felt across many areas, including the family courts in England and Wales, causing additional strain and backlog on an already overwhelmed system. No-fault divorce, along with other implementations, highlights an ongoing commitment to ensuring that most matters can be resolved away from the court. As part of this commitment, extended funding has been introduced for mediation for children disputes. The additional funding will reach £5.38 million, raising the total invested in the scheme to £8.68 million since March 2021. The scheme itself is run by the Family Mediation Council Significant changes are coming to the UK family courts. The long-awaited implementation of no-fault divorce has allowed for less contentious divorce proceedings, and additional funding for mediation has provided another viable way to resolve disputes relating to children. Stowe Family Law partner Amanda Phillips-Wylds shares a little more about these changes and what they have in store for family law in the UK. No-Fault Divorce Family Justice UK Amanda Phillips-Wylds Partner, Stowe Family Law Suite 27, The Blade, Abbey Square, Reading, RG1 3BD Tel: +44 01184 270577 E: NO-FAULT DIVORCE AND FAMILY JUSTICE IN THE UK in the and

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