A family law firm has spoken on the perceived benefits of an upcoming historic change in divorce law.

Major Family Law, which has an office in Warwick Bridge, has spoken on what they think the benefits will be, coming from the new ‘no fault’ divorce ahead of its launch across England and Wales on April 6, from which it will no longer be necessary to cite a reason when applying for a divorce.

The five available grounds defined by the previous legislation were unreasonable behaviour, adultery, desertion, two years’ separation with the consent of both parties, and five years’ separation without consent.

But now, under the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020, applicants will only need to declare that their marriage has irretrievably broken down – and they can even do so jointly with their spouse if they wish.

Joanne Major, the founder of Major Family Law, explained: "We expect divorce to become a much smoother and less emotional process for most.

"Estranged spouses will now be able to focus on practical matters like money and childcare rather than who was to blame for the breakdown of the marriage, and we expect the numbers of couples going their separate ways to jump as a result.”