Divorce Rules

Posted on Monday, May 20th, 2019

April saw the news that the Divorce rules were to be overhauled to get rid of ‘blame’ in Divorce proceedings and to allow couples to separate more quickly.  Under the current rules one spouse has to allege adultery or unreasonable behaviour to start Divorce proceedings immediately.  ‘No fault’ Divorces can take much longer, with the couple having to prove that they have been living apart for at least two years (in the UK).  Under the new Divorce proposals in future, a couple would only have to state that the marriage had broken down irretrievably.  It would also stop one partner refusing a Divorce if the other partner wanted one.  This Divorce announcement follows the highly publicised case of Tini Owens, where the Supreme Court rejected her Appeal for a Divorce after her husband refused to agree to a split.  Under the current Divorce law, the couple have to remain married until 2020.  It also follows Resolution’s tireless campaign for a change in the Divorce laws.

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