We welcome the recent announcement on that Justice Secretary, David Gauke, is committing the government to reforming family law which is expected to see an end to the blame culture in divorce.
It is envisaged the Secretary of State will bring in legislation to introduce “No-Fault” divorce. Under current law, unless you have been separated for two or five years, divorce has to be on the grounds of adultery or unreasonable behavior. The blame culture in divorce sees separating couples fighting each other unnecessarily, with children caught in the middle.
Family lawyers and the people they work with, will be delighted that, after years of campaigning, we are now so close to ending the “blame game” that many divorcing couples are forced to play.
Whilst there is probably much detail to still agree, we are hopeful this new legislation will be enacted as soon as possible.
If you have any questions about divorce or separation, you can contact Melanie Winship-Lee at our Newton Aycliffe office on 01325 316 170, Kelly Dobson at our Darlington office on 01325 468 573, or Sara Rutter on 01642 673 701 at our Stockton office.