No Fault Divorce

Divorce without fault? On 13 June 2019 the long-awaited Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill received its first reading. The Bill is intended to introduce ‘no fault’ divorce into English law, replacing the current fault-based grounds for divorce. The present position Currently, to divorce, a divorce applicant must state that they consider the marriage to have irretrievably broken down, and they evidence this with one of five facts. The facts are: adultery, unreasonable behaviour, desertion, two years’ separation (with the consent of the other party) and five years’ separation. This is currently the requirement in English (and Welsh) divorce law. Changes proposed The proposed Bill would

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