I am a member of Resolution which has campaigned for many years for the introduction of no-fault divorce. Drafting a divorce petition is often the first step to move things along for separating couples and the current law forces couples to choose between waiting 2 years or blaming their spouse for the relationship breakdown, which immediately causes conflict and sets things off on the wrong foot. I await the outcome of the second reading of the bill today with interest. Whilst I do not think it goes quite far enough, it is certainly a step in the right direction.
Leading family law organisation Resolution is urging MPs to support the principle of no fault divorce if they are serious about reducing family conflict and the ongoing impact of divorce.Resolution chair Jo Edwards says: “We know that our current fault-based divorce system achieves nothing besides escalating conflict during divorce...We are pleased to see Richard Bacon’s bill having a second reading. If MPs are serious about reducing family conflict and the trauma that can be caused by divorce, I would urge them to support the bill". Research shows that the fault-based nature of divorce in England and Wales, which requires one person to accuse the other of adultery or unreasonable behaviour to have their divorce granted within two years of marriage breakdown, is driving 27% of divorcing couples to make false allegations