MPs are to consider the No Fault Divorce Bill at its second reading on 22 January 2016. Resolution chair Jo Edwards commented: "We know that our current fault-based divorce system achieves nothing besides escalating conflict during divorce. It does not act as a deterrent, nor does it help couples to salvage their marriage.”
Currently couples who do not wish to petition for divorce on the basis of the other party’s blame have to wait a minimum of two years in order to petition on grounds of separation with consent. This leads to a bizarre situation in which two parties who no longer want to be together have to count down the clock until they can legally bring their marriage to an end.
Although petitions are intended to be as inoffensive as possible, people can sometimes be opposed to the prospect of formally accepting that they are to blame. This often leads to repeated exchanges between lawyers in order to make the petition more appealing to consent to.
As Jo Edwards comments: "Removing the blame from divorce, as proposed in Richard Bacon's bill, would help couples who both wish to bring their relationship to a dignified conclusion and move on with their lives without the need for accusatory mud-slinging.” For more information on the different grounds for divorce, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our Family Team on 01279 755777.