Family Law News – December 2015

No fault divorce Bill’ to receive a second reading

The ‘no fault divorce Bill’ is to receive a second reading on the 22 January 2016.  Removing blame from divorce as proposed in the Bill will allow couples to bring their relationship to a dignified conclusion.  The fault-based nature of divorce currently requires couples, who seek to dissolve their marriage before a period of two years’ separation, to cite ‘unreasonable behaviour’ or ‘adultery’.

Research published by Resolution first for family law as carried out by YouGov in June 2015 found that 52% of divorce petitions were fault based alleging either unreasonable behaviour or adultery.  27% of divorcing couples who asserted blame in their divorce petition admitted the allegation of fault was not true but the easiest option.

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