No-fault di­vorce bid ‘full of flaws’

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ONE of the coun­try’s most em­i­nent fam­ily lawyers warned yes­ter­day that planned no- fault di­vorce re­forms are rid­dled with flaws and that MPs and peers are likely to wa­ter them down.

Baroness Deech is the first se­nior le­gal fig­ure to chal­lenge the pro­pos­als for di­vorce on de­mand put for­ward by min­is­ters ear­lier this month.

The rad­i­cal plan aims to abol­ish adul­tery or un­rea­son­able be­hav­iour as grounds for a di­vorce and in­stead al­low any hus­band or wife sim­ply to ask for a di­vorce. Their mar­riage would then be over au­to­mat­i­cally six months later. At present they must al­lege fault by their spouse or wait through a pe­riod of sep­a­ra­tion – two years if a cou­ple agree to di­vorce or five years if they don’t.

Lady Deech said she be­lieves Par­lia­ment will de­cline to re­move fault from di­vorce and will in­stead fol­low the Scot­tish model, which al­lows di­vorce af­ter shorter sep­a­ra­tions. ÷Vardags, a law firm, yes­ter­day of­fered un­happy wives the chance to dip into a £10mil­lion loan fund to pay for a di­vorce.

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