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Introduce Blame Free Divorces According to Senior Judge

One of the UK’s most senior judges believes that adultery should be removed as a reason for divorce in order to create blame free divorces. Baroness Hale believes that such a development would end bitter divorce battles.

Under English law, current divorces must state one of the five reasons available for ending a marriage, including adultery. However, the top female judge does not believe that such a reason should be worthy of a divorce. As well as the other reasons for divorce such as unreasonable behaviour, desertion of two or more years, two years’ separation with consent of five years’ separation without consent, Hale wishes to add another.

Blame Free Divorce

The judge believes that by adding a “no-fault” rule it would remove any of the animosity and bitterness that can often plight divorces. The judge also stated that by allowing couples to have a cool-off period in-between discussions and space away from each other, it may potentially save the marriage. Judge Hale stated that such action would make each party more reasonable when discussing matters of finance and children, and could potentially save money by reducing the amount of cases taken to court.

In an interview with The Times she said: “We should make it take longer to get a divorce and encourage people to sort out what happens to the home, children, money before, rather than after, they get a divorce."

Lady Hale, who first suggested the amendment 20 years ago, has had support from numerous mainstream media publications and other judges. Sir Paul Coleridge, a former family High Court judge and chairman of the Marriage Foundation said: "Lady Hale, a complete expert with decades of experience across this whole field, is entirely right."

Obtaining A Divorce

Going through a divorce can be a difficult and stressful time, not just for yourself, but also for your loved ones. At Family Law Liverpool, we understand the issues that can arise when going through the process and know that anger and bitterness can further damage the situation. We aid our clients in giving their reasons for the divorce and treat their marriage with the confidentiality and professionalism it deserves. We have years of experience in dealing with divorce procedures and can offer you the best support and advice that is tailored to your case.

If you have nowhere to live, risk domestic abuse, are unsure of settlement agreements or are in a vulnerable position, if you are unable to see your children as a result of the actions of your partner or former partner or if you have a lot of assets, our team of family lawyers will be able to give you the best advice and representation for your situation. We will talk you through each stage of the proceedings and allow you to comprehend exactly what the outcome means to you.

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