The Justice Secretary, David Gauke, has pledged to end the ‘blame game’ in marital breakdowns. Legislation for no-fault divorce will be introduced as soon as ‘parliamentary time becomes available’.
It may not be long before couples can seek a divorce without the need to wait for years or allocate blame for the breakdown of their relationship.
Our previous article, ‘Decided to go solo? You’re not alone!’, explains the current process which often fuels conflict and increases animosity.
The new legislation will mean that separating couples will no longer have to apportion blame for marriage breakdown or wait to get divorced. Instead, a ‘statement of irretrievable breakdown’ will simply be submitted and the ability of the other partner objecting to the divorce will be scrapped. A six-month minimum period will also be introduced between the divorce application and the final certificate.
There is no time frame yet with the Ministry of Justice stating that the new legislation will be introduced as soon as parliamentary time allows.
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