No-fault divorces: ending the ‘blame game’
A change in the law is set to end the ‘blame game’ experienced by divorcing couples.
First introduced in June 2019, the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill is expected to receive Royal assent imminently. The Bill will introduce a ‘no fault’ process to divorce which aims to reduce conflict.
What changes for divorcing couples?
Currently, when someone files for divorce they must provide a reason and evidence against one of five ‘facts’: adultery, behaviour, desertion, two years’ separation (if the other spouse consents), or five years’ separation (if the other spouse disagrees). The new law will change this, allowing couples to make a statement of ‘irretrievable breakdown’. The other party will also no longer be able to contest the divorce, apart from in specific circumstances such as coercion or fraud.
Divorce is rarely easy but this new Bill hopes to make the process less painful, particularly in instances where children are involved.
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