Divorce laws in England and Wales could be set for an overhaul under government plans seeking to allow couples to split up more quickly and with less acrimony.
Justice Secretary David Gauke, who has said the system creates “unnecessary antagonism”, is to begin a consultation on introducing “no-fault” divorces.
Under the current law in England and Wales, unless people can prove their marriage has broken down due to adultery, unreasonable behaviour or desertion, the only way to obtain a divorce without a spouse’s consent is to live apart for five years.
The government’s proposals could see the concept of fault, or blame, removed from the process. Spouses could lose the right to contest a divorce, as part of the reform.
Currently the grounds for divorce in England and Wales must be one of the following:
- Unreasonable behaviour
- You have lived apart for more than two years and both agree to the divorce
- You have lived apart for at least five years, even if your husband or wife disagrees
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