Government to introduce no fault divorce

January 2019           No: 1

In September 2018, the Ministry of Justice issued a consultation paper on plans to reform divorce law. For some time, many legal professionals have argued that the current law is out of date.

Following the planned changes, a couple or one party would only need to notify the Court that their marriage has broken down. The current necessity to rely on one of five different facts, (including adultery, unreasonable behaviour and desertion), will be removed.

The government also plans to allow couples to give notice jointly, and to remove the ability of one person to contest a divorce.

The planned changes would also apply to dissolution of civil partnerships.

The Law Society supports the plan to remove blame from the process and simplify it. This change would allow couples to focus on important issues, like children and agreeing an appropriate financial settlement.

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