No fault: UK proposes major easing of divorce procedures
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo unloaded on Friday on his Obama-era predecessor John Kerry for “actively undermining” US policy on Iran by meeting several times recently with the Iranian foreign minister, who was his main interlocutor in the Iran nuclear deal negotiations.
In unusually blunt and caustic language, Pompeo said Kerry’s meetings with Mohammad Javad Zarif were “unseemly and unprecedented” and “beyond inappropriate.”
President Donald Trump had late on Thursday accused Kerry of holding “illegal meetings with the very hostile Iranian Regime, which can only serve to undercut our great work to the detriment of the American people.”
Pompeo said he would leave “legal determinations to others” but slammed Kerry as a former secretary of state for engaging with “the world’s largest state-sponsor of terror” and telling Iran to “wait out this administration.”
“You can’t find precedent for this in US history, and Secretary Kerry ought not to engage in that kind of behaviour,” an agitated Pompeo said.
The British government is proposing to introduce “no-fault” divorces and make other changes to make it much easier for couples to divorce.
Justice Secretary David Gauke began a consultation process to revise laws he said were “out of touch with modern life.” If adopted after a 12-week consultation period, spouses would no longer be able to challenge a divorce application made by their partner.
The changes would apply to heterosexual and same-sex marriages, and civil partnerships. The proposed new laws would mean it would no longer be necessary to prove misconduct or to live apart for a certain number of years before a couple could divorce.
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