Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

England and Wales: A Rise in Divorce is Expected From New Legislation

From Financial Times:

The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation bill will come into effect in April and has been hailed as the biggest shake-up in divorce law for 50 years. Attributing fault is going to be no longer needed. Instead, it is sufficient to show irretrievable breakdown of a marriage as the sole ground.

Under current law, couples seeking divorce must either live separately for a period of time or are capable of showing some kind of fault. Most importantly, the duration of living separately is long. If one party does not give consent, the couple must live separately for five years before a divorce can proceed.

            Under the new law, lawyers are expecting a rise in divorce.

Read more here.

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