13 June 2019
‘No fault’ divorce bill introduced to the Commons today
The government has announced that divorcing couples will soon no longer have to make allegations about each other’s conduct after a landmark bill, with cross party support, was introduced to the Commons today by Justice Secretary David Gauke.
Although welcomed, Sue Andrews, family partner at B P Collins, believes that the ‘no fault’ divorce bill is not the ‘cure all’ many think it will be and communication and respect are still absolutely essential in reaching an amicable divorce.
Sue Andrews says:
“The government hopes that these changes in divorce law will result in less acrimony between divorcing couples by ending the blame game. However, these changes are to the divorce process, which doesn’t do any more than give legal recognition to the breakdown of the marriage, and are not a cure all for taking away the pain of separation.
"In our experience, acrimony stems from how spouses treat each other and react to the breakdown of their relationship. It can have a lot to do with finding out that their spouse was in another relationship, fear of the future, not being with their children each day, having to share what one person feels is their hard-earned resources or fear of not coping financially.
"So, although this change is welcomed, respect and communication between spouses, having counselling, being honest, not rushing into anything and choosing your lawyer carefully are essential in achieving a clean and amicable divorce.”
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