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Divorce, Dissolution and Separation

A Guide to the New Law and Practice
David Burrows
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A practical guide to divorce, dissolution and separation in relation to marriage and civil partnership in England and Wales in the light of changes to the legislation.

This book provides:

  • an up-to-date guide to the reforms and related issues arising from the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020;
  • a full explanation of how the new divorce and civil partnership rules (Family Procedure Rules 2010) are expected to work, especially Parts 6 (service) and 7 (procedure for applications in matrimonial and civil partnership proceedings); and
  • advice on related issues such as the validity of marriage, which is an important issue in an ever-expanding minority of cases.

This guide provides full commentary on the procedural changes for contentious matters, overlooked by rule-makers, with suggestions as to how these can be dealt with in practice, and is a comprehensive source of procedural advice on changes to the legislation.


An indispensable guide to the new law and practice. David’s well-structured book provides a comprehensive walk through for more junior practitioners and those unfamiliar with the changes and a ‘go to’ for more senior divorce lawyers. I haven’t found a question which hasn’t been addressed. Excellent!

Jenny Beck KC (Hon), Solicitor and Director Beck Fitzgerald


1.Introduction; 2. Marriage, civil partnership and validity; 3. DDSA the law and regulations; 4. Standard cases; 5. Disputed cases; 6. Interim applications in cases; 7. Starting and service of application; 8. Delay of cases and rescission; 9. Money and agreements; 10. Costs; Appendices. 

About the Author

David Burrows is a specialist family lawyer; solicitor advocate in all levels of court (including House of Lords); first secretary of Bristol Mediation Service (then conciliation service): 1976; founder member of Solicitors Family Law Association (now Resolution), chairman 2003/4; and a founder member of Law Society’s Children Panel.

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Family and social welfare


September 2022


The Law Society




222 Pages