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Resolution welcomes government commitment on no fault divorce

Justice Secretary pledges divorce law reform in next parliamentary session

The Justice Secretary, David Gauke, has committed the government to reforming divorce law through legislation in the next Parliamentary session, which starts in May.

Referring to the consultation launched last year, which proposed changes to the law governing the end of marriages, the Justice Secretary told The Times:

"[Responses] were overwhelmingly in support, which is why I remain as convinced as I have been for the need to reform this particular area.' He added: 'I need to go through the formal processes in government but my ambition will be to bring that legislation at the earliest opportunity, which will be in the next session of parliament."

Speaking in response to the remarks, Nigel Shepherd, former Chair of Resolution, said:

"From the Secretary of State's remarks today, it is clear that the responses to the consultation have demonstrated overwhelming support for this important reform, and we're pleased the government are so firmly behind it.

"Our members, and the families 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 currently forced to play.

"There is clearly much detail still to agree, and we'll be providing Ministers and officials with all the support we can to help this new legislation come forward, and be enacted, as soon as possible."

Alex Carruthers, Partner at Hughes Fowler Carruthers, commented:

"The move to change the antiquated divorce laws, removing the fault-based system, is a step that almost all the profession welcomes. Arguments about who caused the breakdown of the relationship are not ones that should be aired in the courts through lawyers. There are much more important legal issues that need resolving when parties separate."

For a report in The Guardian, click here.