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UK plans to introduce ‘no-fault’ divorce for first time

Until now, couples have had to prove misconduct such as adultery by one partner or live apart for a fixed period before they could divorce.

By: AP | London | Published: April 9, 2019 10:12:02 pm
UK plans to introduce 'no-fault' divorce for first time The proposed changes would only require the couple to declare that their marriage had irretrievably broken down. (Representational Image)

Britain wants to end the divorce blame game. The government has announced plans to introduce “no-fault” divorces so separating couples no longer have to blame one another for the breakdown of a marriage.

Justice Secretary David Gauke said Tuesday that the government will introduce legislation after a public consultation revealed broad support for change.

Until now, couples have had to prove misconduct such as adultery by one partner or live apart for a fixed period before they could divorce.

The proposed changes would only require the couple to declare that their marriage had irretrievably broken down.

Jo Edwards, a family law specialist based at law firm Forsters, says lawyers will welcome steps to end “the unnecessary acrimony caused day in, day out by the current fault-based system.”

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