End of the blame game?
The long awaited reform to divorce law to do away with divorcing couples having to lay blame on one another (adultery or unreasonable behaviour) is progressing well and there seems to be some light at the end of the tunnel.
It is not just the removal of blame that has been long awaited but also the plan to allow divorces to proceed after just six months, even if only one party is seeking divorce.
Currently the number of divorces in England and Wales are at an all time low – some 101,669 in 2017 (the latest figures available) but Justice Secretary David Gauke has admitted that bringing in the new legislation will invariably lead to a marked increase in numbers. Although he did point out that this may only be temporary whilst the courts cleared a huge backlog in cases.
Either way, we believe this to be a huge positive step forward. The practice of having to lay blame on one party in a divorce has been extremely divisive over the years and often leads to feelings of resentment and conflict within families. Removing this stipulation will hopefully see a reduction in the conflict between ex-partners and thereby aid the mediation process.
Hopefully the government will pass the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill soon and pass the necessary legislation.