Divorce Bill received Royal Assent

New divorce laws which remove the need to apportion blame for the breakdown of a marriage took a step closer this week, as the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill gained Royal Assent. Currently, one spouse has to make accusations about the other’s conduct, such as “unreasonable behaviour” or adultery, or otherwise face years of separation before a divorce can be granted – regardless of whether a couple has made a mutual decision to separate. The new laws will instead allow a spouse, or a couple, to apply for divorce by making a statement of irretrievable breakdown. This aims to end the needless “blame game” between couples and parents. “These new laws will stop separating couples having to make needless allegations against one another, and instead help them focus on resolving their issues amicably,” said Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor Rt Hon Robert Buckland QC.

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