No-fault Divorces in England and Wales

The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill has passed in the House of Commons. Under the proposed law, the reason for Divorce will be simplified to the marriage has broken down irretrievably, rather than explaining this is the case by alleging adultery, unreasonable behaviour, desertion, separation for five years or for two years with consent.

The purpose of the changes is to seek to make the reasons for divorce less traumatic, reduce conflict and make the legal process less painful.
A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: “We will always uphold the institution of marriage, but when divorce cannot be avoided, the law must not create conflict between couples that so often harms the children involved. Our reforms remove the needless ‘blame game’, while ensuring there is a minimum six-month time frame to allow for reflection and the opportunity to turn back.”

Resolution and the Family Team at Stone Rowe Brewer LLP support the Bill.

Please contact Lisa Broddle, Partner, Head of the Family Team, Family and Collaborative Lawyer and Accredited Mediator or Annie Tanielian, Family Lawyer and Solicitor or a member of the Family Team, on 020 8891 6141 or email

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