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Resolution welcomes return of ‘no fault’ divorce bill

By 24 February 2020divorce, Law news

The family law organisation Resolution has welcomed a recent announcement that legislation introducing ‘no fault’ divorce in England is to be returned to Parliament.

Following years of campaigning by Resolution and other organisations, the Divorce, Dissolution ad Separation Bill was first introduced last summer, but then suspended when Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the December 12 general election.

The bill make significant changes to existing marriage law, removing the long-standing need to cite specific reasons for a divorce application or attribute fault to one party. Instead applicants will only need to state that the marriage has irretrievably broken down, and this can be a joint declaration.

It will also remove the existing but rarely used option to ‘defend’ a divorce – i.e. oppose your spouse’s application for one.

Resolution is a national organisation of lawyers committed to a “non-confrontational approach to family law issues”.

Chair Nigel Shepherd explained:

“For far too long, far too many couples have been effectively forced to assign fault during the divorce process in order to satisfy outdated requirements. The current system encourages separating couples to engage in a ‘blame game,’ and is entirely at odds with the non-confrontational approach Resolution members take under our Code of Practice.”

He called on the government to pass the bill “without further delay” so “we can finally end the blame game for good”.

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