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    17 January 2020

    The end of the “Blame Game”

    One of the early conversations I have with clients wishing to divorce is who is going to take the blame?

    It is more than 50 years since the current divorce law came into effect. Society has changed enormously since then. An estimated 42% of marriages now end in divorce and reform is well overdue. Sally Harris, Family Law Solicitor and member of Resolution, is committed to promoting a constructive approach to family issues that considers the needs of the whole family commented ‘1973 is when the current legislation was passed. Society has changed enormously since then. A law fit for 2020 and beyond is long overdue’.

    Currently divorcing couples who do not want to wait any period of time before filing a divorce petition must decide who has either behaved unreasonably or committed adultery. The search for blame at the beginning of the divorce can make an amicable separation even harder to navigate. Repercussions can ripple through to family, friends and also negatively impact on the children.

    The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill entered Parliament on the 7th January 2020 which is set to introduce “no fault” divorce. A couple can choose to cite “irretrievable breakdown” as the sole reason for wanting a divorce, this can be done jointly or by either spouse.

    Divorce is often highly stressful and often costly, both financially and emotionally. The new Bill aims to make exiting a marriage easier, minimising animosity by bringing an end to the “blame game”.

    Sally Harris can talk through the process and the options available to you if you would like to start the divorce proceedings before the new legislation is introduced.

    To read our previous articles on the subject, please following the news links below:

    New legislation announced to overhaul divorce law

    Fault Free Divorce – an Update

    For more information regarding separating from your partner, please contact Sally Harris or Sally Briggs in the Steeles Law family team who will be happy to help you via email using family@steeleslaw.co.uk or by calling 01603 598000.

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