The Ministry of Justice has announced that the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 (DDSA 2020), which received Royal Assent on 25 June 2020, will now have a commencement date of 6 April 2022. Previous indications had been that the government was working towards an indicative timetable of Autumn 2021.
The MoJ says it has been working closely with the Family Procedure Rule Committee to identify the significant changes needed to the Family Procedure Rules 2010, SI 2010/2955 and supporting practice directions, and to devise some key new procedures. The delay is also to allow time for the required changes to be made to the HMCTS online divorce platform. DDSA 2020 will allow married couples to divorce without assigning blame.