The huge reforms to divorce law and procedure finally ended their much-delayed journey through the House of Commons on 17th June. The long overdue new legislation to change current divorce procedure will remove the need for one party to the marriage to lay blame on the other and list their instances of unreasonable behaviour to convince a Judge to allow the divorce to proceed.
In my experience, many people find the idea of listing reasons why the breakdown of the relationship is entirely their spouse’s fault causes stress, unease and guilt-ridden thoughts. Often, both parties to the marriage feel that they are equally to blame and that it is unfair to lay all the fault onto their spouse. And yet, they feel there is no other option if they don’t want to wait for 2 years after separation.
Most family practitioners and I welcome this change with open arms, as it recognises that often both spouses or civil partners have contributed in some way to the irretrievable breakdown of their marriage. And, the reforms allow for the fact that some couples simply grow apart but wish to remain friends.
We believe wholeheartedly that the changes will help couples to resolve their differences, make arrangements for their children, and agree the division of the marital assets in a much more civilised, dignified and amicable way once the reforms come into operation in Autumn, 2021.