Disputed divorce, dissolution  and separation proceedings (post-DDSA 2020) — 2022
Published by Rebecca Dziobon of Penningtons Manches Cooper
Last updated on 01/07/2022

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

  • Disputed divorce, dissolution  and separation proceedings (post-DDSA 2020)
  • Disputed cases
  • Time for filing the acknowledgement of service
  • Time for filing and service of answer
  • Responding to an application via the online system
  • Responding to an application offline
  • Further information about the contents of the application and the answer
  • Case management hearing
  • Notice to admit facts or to admit or produce documents
  • Hearing
  • More...

Disputed divorce, dissolution  and separation proceedings (post-DDSA 2020)

The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 (DDSA 2020) came into effect on 6 April 2022 and made significant changes to the provisions in relation to divorce and dissolution of civil partnerships in the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 (MCA 1973) and the Civil Partnership Act 2004 (CPA 2004). 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 2010/2955. 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 using 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. For practical guidance in relation to pre-DDSA 2020 proceedings, see: Practice Note: Defended divorce proceedings (pre-DDSA 2020).

This Practice Note covers the position for proceedings issued on or after 6 April 2022.

References to the online system mean the HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) online system to allow for specified applications in matrimonial and civil partnership proceedings to be completed online.

This Practice Note provides

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