The Justice Secretary David Gauke announced today ‘a new law to help reduce family conflict’. There will be an end of ‘the blame game’ for couples wishing to divorce. Many lawyers who are members of the organisation Resolution have been advocating that the present system needed to be changed. Many of us lobbied Parliament in 2016 asking for a ‘No fault divorce system’ to be introduced. This was to try to reduce the conflict between couples who wished to separate.

‘The government’s consultation paper, Reducing Family Conflict: reform of the legal requirements for divorce, was published on 15 September 2018 and ran for 12 weeks closing on 10 December 2018.’

‘Justice Secretary David Gauke said:

Hostility and conflict between parents leave their mark on children and can damage their life chances.

While we will always uphold the institution of marriage, it cannot be right that our outdated law creates or increases conflict between divorcing couples.

So I have listened to calls for reform and firmly believe now is the right time to end this unnecessary blame game for good.’