No fault divorce – So close yet so far

Divorce is a very difficult process. At the moment, a couple cannot get a divorce without playing the blame game. The current law affirms that one spouse must take the blame for the breakdown of the marriage by establishing the following grounds;
  • Adultery
  • Behaviour 
  • Desertion 
  • Separated for 2 years and consent 
  • Separated for 5 years
On 9 April 2019, David Gauke (Justice Secretary) announced that the Government will introduce reform legislation to divorce proceedings to allow married couples to get a divorce without pinning the blame on the other spouse. Whilst there was a long hold on passing this reform, the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill concluded its passage through the House of Commons on 17 June 2020. However, Robert Buckland (Lord Chancellor) states;

“At this early stage, we are working towards an indicative timetable of implementation in autumn 2021”

No fault divorce will bring the law governing divorce into the 21st Century.  Although there is still a long wait for the reform to be implemented, Landmark Legal are thrilled to welcome a more dignified divorce process. 

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