Britain relaxes divorce law; still unable to divorce EU

Britain relaxes divorce law; still unable to divorce EU

Britain relaxes divorce law; still unable to divorce EU

Written by Staff Writer

09 Apr, 2019 | 11:02 am

Colombo (News1st) : England and Wales have begun the process of overhauling their divorce laws which are nearly 50 years old.

The new amendments to the legislation are expected to allow couples to split faster and with less acrimony. The new rules will set a timeline of 6 months for the entire process (from petition to decree absolute), following the 6 month period the applicants will be required to confirm whether they wish to proceed with the divorce.

Amendments have been suggested to the existing laws following a 12-week public consultation which had shown widespread support for no-fault divorce.

According to foreign media reports British Justice Secretary David Gauke has described the new changes as and elimination of the current “blame game.” The existing matrimonial causes act of 1973 requires an applicant to prove that their partner is at fault for adultery, desertion or unreasonable behaviour for a divorce to be settled, else both parties can agree they could be allowed to part after two years.

The changes are also expected to put an end to dispute where one partner refuses to grant a divorce, an issue which came into the spotlight when Supreme Court of the UK ruled that a 68-year-old Worcestershire woman must remain married to her husband of 40 years till 2020. The petitioner had filed for divorce stating that she was unhappy, but the husband rejected the divorce request which eventually led to the SC rejecting her appeal.

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