The Justice Secretary David Gauke has pledged that the government will introduce legislation to introduce “no fault” divorce and end the “blame game” in marital breakdown as “soon as parliamentary time allows”.
The new legislation, which is based on the results of a public consultation, would establish a minimum six-month timeframe to enable couples to “reflect” on their decision and also abolish the ability to contest a divorce.
The current need to establish that one party is at fault through adultery, desertion or unreasonable behaviour would be replaced by a requirement for a statement of irretrievable breakdown.
Announcing the development, Gauke stated:
“Hostility and conflict between parents leave their mark on children and can damage their life chances.
While we will always uphold the institution of marriage, it cannot be right that our outdated law creates or increases conflict between divorcing couples. So I have listened to calls for reform and firmly believe now is the right time to end this unnecessary blame game for good.”
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