No fault: UK pro­poses ma­jor eas­ing of di­vorce pro­ce­dures

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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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John Kerry.

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