No fault divorce campaign rejected

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The government’s response to the Resolution campaign calling for reform to the divorce laws is that it has no current plans to change existing legislation, but that they are considering “further reforms to the family justice system”.

Meanwhile some of the difficulties of the current system are made clear by the case that Tini Owens took the Court of Appeal earlier this month, asking them to overturn the decision by Judge Robin Tolson to dismiss her divorce petition on the basis that her allegations of unreasonable behaviour were “of the kind to be expected in marriage”.

According to research conducted by family law group Resolution, nine in 10 practitioners believe divorce law needs to be modernised to allow for no-fault divorce. It would be interesting to find out whether there are any mediators at all who think that divorce law doesn’t need modernisation in this respect.

For the news report on the hearing of the divorce petition appeal, see https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/feb/14/woman-seeks-to-end-39-year-marriage-in-valentines-day-court-appeal

For the full Law Society Gazette story about the government’s decision, have a look at http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/law/government-rebuffs-latest-calls-for-no-fault-divorce/5059835.article