The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill – often referred to as the ‘no fault divorce’ bill – was debated on the evening of Monday 8 June in the House of Commons, and was passed by MPs by a vote of 231 in favour and 16 against.
The bill proposes to simplify the divorce process, which currently requires one spouse to attribute blame to the other if they do not want to wait until they have been separated for two years before divorcing. This can often create unnecessary conflict or add pain to an already difficult situation for couples and their children.
Under the proposed new law, couples would be able to divorce within 6 months, without having to attribute blame to either party. It is hoped that this will save on the emotional and financial cost faced by many divorcing couples, and minimise conflict for children.
It is already best practice for family lawyers to try and keep the divorce process as amicable and non-confrontational as possible. It is hoped that the proposed bill will make it much easier for that to happen.