Commencing and filing an application for a divorce, dissolution or judicial separation order (post-DDSA 2020) — 2022
Published by Teertha Gupta of Four Paper Buildings
Last updated on 11/08/2022

The following Family practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Commencing and filing an application for a divorce, dissolution or judicial separation order (post-DDSA 2020)
  • Terminology
  • Bar on application for divorce or dissolution within one year of marriage or civil partnership
  • The parties
  • Persons who are a child or protected person
  • Jurisdiction
  • Joint and sole applications
  • Statement of irretrievable breakdown
  • Applications proceeding by electronic means (the online system)
  • Creating and starting an application via the online system
  • More...

Commencing and filing an application for a divorce, dissolution or judicial separation order (post-DDSA 2020)

The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 (DDSA 2020) is in force from 6 April 2022. Proceedings issued by the court on or after 6 April 2022 will be subject to the provisions of DDSA 2020 and the changes to procedure under the amended Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR 2010), SI 2010/2995. For further information as to the changes that have been introduced, see Practice Note: Introduction to the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020.

Proceedings issued by the court on or before 5 April 2022 will continue to progress under the pre-DDSA 2020 law, whether submitted on the online system or via paper forms. Such applications will not be impacted by the coming into force of DDSA 2020, nor the consequential changes to procedure. This Practice Note covers the position for proceedings issued on or after 6 April 2022. For practical guidance in relation to pre-DDSA 2020 proceedings, see Practice Notes: Commencing divorce proceedings and drafting the petition (pre-DDSA 2020) and Filing the divorce petition and supporting documents (pre-DDSA 2020).

This Practice Note explains how to commence proceedings for an order of divorce, dissolution, judicial separation or separation on or after 6 April 2022 following the commencement of DDSA 2020. It also provides guidance on how to commence proceedings on paper and by

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