With offices in Birmingham, Cambridge, Leeds, London, Manchester, Norwich and Oxford, the Mills & Reeve family team have extensive experience in dealing with divorce. In fact, Mills & Reeve played a key role in bringing about the new no fault divorce process, which came into effect on 6 April 2022.
The new law was a result of the Supreme Court case of Owens v Owens, where Mrs Owens’ applied for a divorce from her husband, but her husband defended the application. We successfully applied for Resolution, a national organisation of family professionals committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes, to intervene in proceedings and provide information about how the law at the time caused difficulties for individuals like Mrs Owens. Ultimately, the Supreme Court found that Mrs Owens was not entitled to a divorce from her husband, but the decision was a catalyst for major legal change.
Following the judgment, Resolution spearheaded the campaign for no fault divorce and our very own Nigel Shepherd was at the forefront. Mills & Reeve are very proud to say that as a result of these efforts, no fault divorce became law on 6 April 2022.
We are passionate about helping our clients through divorce, which can be one of the most difficult and stressful events of their life. We have are skilled solicitors who have experience dealing with divorces which include:
- Cross-applications from different jurisdictions
- Applications involving concerns around a party’s capacity