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Snapshot: No Fault Divorce – Is this the end of the blame game?

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After numerous reform proposals and failed legislative reform attempts, we have the ‘Divorce, Dissolution and Separation’ Act. After successfully passing the second reading in the House of Lords, it was voted through last month by MPs and given royal assent. 

Currently, one spouse has to start the divorce process and unless they have been separated for a period of at least two years, have to some extent, apportion blame. This Act means that one spouse no longer has to blame the other or have to wait a significant period of time in order to get divorced. Both parties can provide a statement confirming that the relationship has irretrievably broken down. Spouses will be able to make a joint application for divorce.

Some see the current law as exacerbating feelings of bitterness and distress whereas others argue no-fault divorce violates common sense.

Is this the end of the blame game?

By Sophie Balfour

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