Solicitor backs call for divorce law shake-up

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A SOLICITOR at Lancashire firm Forbes is backing comments made by a leading family figure to radically shake up the divorce process.

Sir James Munby, President of The Family Division, has raised doubts as to whether divorce should remain a matter for the Courts to deal with and suggested that the time has come to consider removing fault as a basis for Divorce and rely on irretrievable breakdown as the sole ground. Uncontested divorces, he suggested, could do away with judicial supervision entirely, with couples instead simply recording their separation in a register.

Dawn Baker, Family Solicitor at Forbes said: “About time! At present most separating couples have to use blame to start the process of ending their marriage, which is both unsettling and upsetting for both parties. It is also inconsistent with the government’s requirement that the parties should mediate. Putting the couples in a room with each other, expecting them to try to discuss and resolve all other money and/or children issues when one party has just started a divorce blaming the other’s behaviour or adultery is likely to test the skills of even the most competent of mediators!