‘No blame’ divorce call gets backing

Judge has calls for 'no blame' divorces to be possible
Judge has calls for 'no blame' divorces to be possible
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A legal expert has welcomed the news that a top judge has called for “no blame” divorces to be possible.

Baroness Hale of Richmond, deputy president to the Supreme Court, said recently she would like to see the requirement for fault removed from the divorce process.

Currently, it is necessary for divorcees to select a reason for divorce – adultery, unreasonable behaviour, two years’ or five years’ separation and desertion for two or more years.

Simon Gledhill, head of the Family team at Lancashire-based Napthens, said: “The current law dealing with divorces is woefully outdated, and an old-fashioned way of doing things.

“In reality, many divorces occur because a relationship has simply broken down. People assume they can simply say there are irreconcilable differences, but this is not actually a legal reason for divorce.

“This may sometimes lead to couples finding fault where there is none, leading to bitterness and recriminations. The suggestions from Baroness Hale make sense.”