On the 9th of April this year, the government announced new legislation to overhaul divorce laws and offer the option for ‘no fault’ divorce with the aim of reducing family conflict and simplifying the process of separation for couples who do not wish to assign blame.
The focus of the reform is to minimise animosity, acknowledging the fact that sometimes a breakdown in marriage is not necessarily due to specific actions of either party, and laying blame often creates unnecessary hostility and acrimony during an already difficult time. Particularly where children are involved, the need for a more positive, cooperative approach is clear, allowing couples to reconcile if possible, and move forward with a constructive outlook for the future.
Here’s an outline of the main proposals for the change in legislation and what they mean for divorcing couples:
For more information on divorce, separation, and the current options available, please visit www.franceslindsay.co.uk and speak to one of our friendly, down-to-earth family lawyers.