No-fault divorce to become UK law

Couples wishing to divorce will soon benefit from a less confrontational process, under proposals confirmed by the justice secretary David Gauke

Couples wishing to divorce will soon benefit from a less confrontational process, under proposals confirmed by the justice secretary David Gauke

Couples in England and Wales will soon no longer have to allocate blame or mutually agree to end their marriages. The justice secretary, David Gauke, will introduce legislation in the next session of parliament to remove the need for separating couples to either allocate blame or wait for years in order to get a divorce.

Supporters, who say the current law fuels acrimony and encourages false allegations, hope that the change will prevent unnecessary conflict and family upset.

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Justice secretary David Gauke said: “Marriage will always be one of our most important institutions, but when a relationship ends it cannot be right for the law to create or increase conflict between divorcing couples.

“That is why we will remove the archaic requirements to allege fault or show evidence of separation, making the process less acrimonious and helping families look to the future.”

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