17 September 2018 | Comment | Article by Adrienne Donneky
On Saturday, after many years of lobbying by family lawyers’ group Resolution, the Justice Secretary David Gauke announced plans to introduce no fault divorce, removing the need for a divorcing couple to have been separated for at least two years or for one of them to allege fault in their petition. It is proposed in the consultation that the current law be replaced by a notification process that the marriage has irretrievably broken down. This is good news since requiring one party to apportion blame under the current law adds unnecessary pain and confrontation to the process and the focus can instead be on agreeing appropriate arrangements for the children and dividing the assets fairly.
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