Whether there should be No fault divorce in the UK

Whether there should be No fault divorce in the UK

Following the recent Supreme Court decision of Owens v Owens, the Government has launched a consultation paper on reforms to the laws surrounding divorce. The proposals include the removal of both the ability to allege fault, as well as the ability to contest a divorce. This would mean that couples would be able to end a marriage without considering any of the partners to be held at fault and that consent to divorce would no longer be required by the other party. Baroness Hale, one of the strongest campaigners for No-Fault divorce  suggests that the case in favour is quite promising. She explains that by introducing such laws, the couples can be relieved from the pain and stress that they have to face during the prevailing mechanism of divorce. Moreover, amicable separation and then divorce would minimise the burden of unnecessary litigation. Hence, couples would be able to settle their terms of divorce without legal battle and undue stress.

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