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No blame divorce?

Under new proposals a senior Judge has called for change in the law to enable couples to divorce without the need for blame and recrimination.

Under current law there is only one ground for divorce – the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage.  This can only be proved one of five ways:

  • Adultery
  • Behaviour
  • Desertion
  • 2 years separation by consent
  • or 5 years separation

As many couples don’t want to wait for a period of separation to elapse, unreasonable behaviour and adultery are the most common grounds.   This can result in acrimony which could otherwise be avoided.

Although some people may feel these new proposals could undermine the sanctity of marriage, one likely effect of the change would be to make the process smoother and allow those who are keen to remain as amicable as possible, to divorce without raising issues about past difficulties in the marriage.

It is hoped this will allow couples to focus on how to come apart as positively as possible.

If you would like to discuss your relationship breakdown and understand the options available to you, please call 0345 671 0276 to arrange a free initial meeting with one of our experienced family lawyers.

Family and Divorce solicitor Preston Simon Gledhill