The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 received royal assent over a year ago and was originally scheduled to come into force this coming autumn. Government officials have now indicated it is unlikely to come into force until next spring. This delay is disappointing but not entirely unexpected. 

The Family Court filing system has undergone massive change in the last 12 months, with Covid-19 speeding up the digitisation of the filing process. It is therefore unsurprising given the scale of change that the Family Court has undergone to allow for remote working that new processes are falling behind schedule. Hopefully the government will be able to abide by their new timescale for the statute to come into force by 6 April 2022.