It will be interesting to see if MP's support the bill going through parliament at the moment to introduce no fault divorces. It is something that family lawyers have long campaigned for as we are currently left with a divorce law that is antiquated and positions couples at the outset of the divorce in having to apportion blame. This simply escalates emotions at what is already a difficult time. The proposed bill would remove the need for couples to have to legally name one party as being at fault either by having committed adultery or behaved unreasonably and instead would enable the couple to simply say that the marriage had broken down without having to allege who was at fault.
Today (4 December 2015) MPs are due to debate the introduction of no-fault divorce, as Richard Bacon MP’s No Fault Divorce Bill has its second reading. 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. It does not act as a deterrent, nor does it help couples to salvage their marriage. If MPs are serious about reducing family conflict and the trauma that can be caused by divorce,this outdated system needs urgent revision – a civilised society deserves a civilised divorce process.'