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This would mean that they would be dealt with as entirely separately processes, albeit you would still be unable to issue financial remedy proceedings until after divorce proceedings have been issued.
Sir Munby outlined his reasoning as follows:-
The proposed “de-linking” would pave the way for a slicker process in respect of both divorce and financial remedy proceedings and would assist the move to the planned online divorce process.
Such changes would not require primary legislation, only changes to the Family Procedure Rules and the Practice Directions. Sir Munby outlined that continuing reform is clearly needed to allow for procedures “that can be easily navigated by the litigants in person who increasingly dominate the worlds of both divorce and money”. However, such changes would likely assist those with legal representation as simplifying procedures would undoubtedly lower the average legal bill associated with divorce and financial remedy proceedings.
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