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‘No fault’ reform brings divorce law into the 21st century

9 April 2019

Removing the blame from the divorce process will allow separating couples to focus on what really matters, the Law Society of England and Wales said today as it welcomed the government’s divorce law reforms.

“The government’s decision to introduce a ‘no fault’ divorce is long overdue and will bring divorce law into the 21st century,” said Law Society president Christina Blacklaws.

According to the Office of National Statistics, an estimated 42% of marriages in England and Wales end in divorce. In 2017, there were 101,669 divorces amongst opposite sex couples and 338 divorces of same sex couples.*

“Divorce can be a highly stressful experience and the requirement for those divorcing in England and Wales to prove one of five fault-based reasons exacerbates tensions between separating couples.

“For separating parents, it can be much more difficult to focus on the needs of their children when they have to prove a fault-based fact against their former partner.

“Forcing couples to wait two years - or five years if they cannot agree on the terms of separation - only lengthens the divorce process and makes it all the more difficult for couples to move on amicably and co-parent.

“Introducing a ‘no fault’ divorce and introducing a six-month time-frame allowing couples to reflect on their decision will change the way divorce works – for the better.”

Notes to editors

*According to research by the Office of National Statistics, an estimated 42% of marriages in England and Wales end in divorce. In 2017, there were 101,669 divorces amongst opposite sex couples and 338 divorces of same sex couples.
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