In the News: No Fault Divorces

A solicitor sat in front of a divorcing couple

A new poll has discovered that four out of five Britons believe that the law should be changed to allow for ‘No Fault Divorces.’ This is where neither party must admit to a wrongdoing.

At present, a married couple who are wishing for a divorce must provide evidence of one of the couple’s ‘fault’ in the marriage. This includes adultery, unreasonable behaviour, desertion or separation without consent.

The argument against this law says that forcing couples through an ‘artificial exercise in mudslinging’ causes unnecessary stress, emotional pain, and may damage either member of the couple’s external relationships: for example, relationships with in-laws, family friends or children.

Ayesha Vardag, head of family law firm Vardags, has said:

“Forcing decent human beings through an expensive, destructive, utterly artificial exercise in mudslinging just to salve the consciences of the anti-divorce lobby is incredibly damaging, especially to the family, and sets the tone for battle not brokering.”

The Conservative MP Richard Bacon will be presenting the bill in commons. He states that a court should be able to grant divorce if there is “an individual statement from each party that the marriage has broken down irretrievably, signed freely and independently.”

Certain religious groups have argued against no fault divorces, claiming that this would further damage the sanctity of marriage. Others have said that it would make getting divorced ‘easier than hiring a purchase agreement.’

However, 85% of people questioned believed that this option should be available.

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