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MPs urged to support divorce bill
Whether or not the UK should move towards a system of blame-free divorce has been the subject of intense debate for several decades.
Whenever there is a discussion about options for making legislation more relevant to the 21st century, this is one of the issues that is usually brought up.
Next month, MPs will have the chance to talk about the relative merits of changing the law.
The No Fault Divorce Bill, being brought forward by backbencher Richard Bacon, will get its second reading on 22nd January 2016.
The South Norfolk MP has rejected the suggestion that his proposal would lead to an increase in divorces, arguing that it would allow couples to break up without “throwing mud” at one another.
It remains to be seen of course if there is an appetite in the House of Commons for the old arrangements to be replaced with something new.
But the mere fact that the issue is going to be debated at Westminster has pleased Resolution, a family law association which heartily support the changes.
Jo Edwards, who chairs the group, believes that the current laws serve only to exacerbate tensions when a marriage breaks down and that the time has come to consider a new approach.
“If MPs are serious about reducing family conflict and the trauma that can be caused by divorce, I would urge them to support the bill as a welcome step towards removing the requirement of fault from divorce,” she said.
“Removing the blame from divorce, as proposed in Richard Bacon’s bill, would help couples who both wish to bring their relationship to a dignified conclusion and move on with their lives without the need for accusatory mud-slinging. This outdated system needs urgent revision – a civilised society deserves a civilised divorce process.”
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