Clamour for divorce reform should be seen alongside the less well-publicised unfairness caused by outdated marriage laws, says David Burrows.
The government’s proposals for divorce law reform were met with front-page headlines and unconcealed enthusiasm from a variety of family law reformers; and with justification. The need still to blame your spouse if you want a relatively prompt divorce is surely not necessary. Yet the reform proposals overlook the extent to which society has changed in the 40 years since the statute the government plans to adjust.
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