Latest Calls For No-Fault Divorce Rebuffed By Government
This week the Law Gazette reported that the government has confirmed it has no plans to change existing divorce legislation, despite widespread calls for reform.
When asked by Lord Pendry whether the government had any plans to review the fault-based divorce system, justice minister and House of Lords spokesperson Lord Keen of Elie (Richard Keen QC) said the government was committed to improving the family justice system so that separating couples can ‘achieve the best possible outcomes for themselves and their families’.
Keen, later added: ‘Whilst we have no current plans to change the existing law on divorce, we are considering what further reforms to the family justice system may be needed.’
This lack of reform has disappointed some family lawyers. According to research by the family law group Resolution, 9 in 10 practitioners believe that divorce law needs to be modernised to allow for no-fault divorce.