Laws to enable couples to divorce quickly without a “blame game” are to be introduced within months after overwhelming support from the public.
David Gauke, the justice secretary, is preparing a bill that will end the fault-based divorce system.
Last year 110,000 couples divorced in England and Wales under a 50-year-old law that has been condemned as unfit for purpose and damaging to couples and children. The new bill will enable couples to divorce without making accusations of bad behaviour, by giving notice that a marriage has irretrievably broken down.
This makes sense as currently to get divorced quickly couples have to demonstrate unreasonable behaviour or adultery, which just leads to disputes being magnified and stoked up rather than extinguished and resolved.