Family lawyers are today meeting members of both houses of Parliament to argue for divorce law reform.
At present, unless you have been separated for at least two years, you must allege either adultery or 'unreasonable behaviour' by your spouse in order to obtain a divorce. This can create an unnecessarily hostile and acrimonious atmosphere between divorcing couples, causing stress and unhappiness for them and increased costs for the courts. An overwhelming majority of family justice professionals believe that the law should be changed to allow couples to divorce without one having to blame the other for the breakdown of the marriage.
Conservative MP Richard Bacon brought a bill providing for 'no fault' divorce before Parliament last year, but it did not make it through the House of Commons. However, things would almost certainly change if it were to become government policy.
Family lawyers gather in Parliament to call for No Fault Divorce