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Now is the time for Divorce without Blame


As things are at the moment in order to divorce, unless couples have been living apart for at least two years one of them needs to apportion blame to the other.

Adultery or unreasonable behaviour are often cited when divorces are being discussed and unfortunately this often creates conflict and makes reaching a mutually acceptable agreement challenging.

To prove this, academics have shown how the legal requirement to assign blame can undermine attempts to resolve disputes outside of the court room.

In the document, Mapping Paths to Family Justice compiled recently by the Universities of Exeter and Kent, together with the Economic and Social Research Council, it demonstrated how the current situation can fuel conflict between parents, causing great stress for their children.

In 2012 alone, there were over 72,000 divorces in the country where adultery or unreasonable behaviour were cited. The body Resolution, who are committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes, believe that removing blame from divorce will make it easier for people to manage their separation with as little conflict and stress as possible, and reduce the likelihood that they will end up in court.

This calling for change isn’t something new either. Many eminent people involved in family law for many years have stressed the need for reform. Other countries around the world – including Australia and the United States, as well as Spain – allow divorce without blame.

It is now time for us to follow in these footsteps.

An advanced society deserves a civilised divorce process and we at Pearcelegal wholeheartedly agree that anything that reduces the turmoil divorce often involves should be welcomed.