Un­cou­pling trou­bles

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News -

It is about time the di­vorce courts got a re­al­ity check. And this week the Govern­ment an­nounced it will in­tro­duce a speed­ier no-fault di­vorce.

The sys­tem is so out­dated, heap­ing on the ad­min and pro­long­ing the pain. It could turn the best conscious un­cou­pling sour.

There are cur­rently five grounds for di­vorce. Three in­volve blame – adul­tery, un­rea­son­able be­hav­iour or de­ser­tion – and the whole process can be wrapped up in un­der six months. The grounds that don’t in­volve blame take way longer – you need to be sep­a­rated for at least two years. I’ve heard of peo­ple mak­ing up rea­sons just to hurry up the process so they can move on with their lives.

The changes will mean a no-blame di­vorce will take only six months. And what good comes from drag­ging out a mar­riage? Peo­ple grow apart and fall out of love. Some peo­ple have said it will un­der­mine mar­riage, as cou­ples will jump at the first hint of trou­ble. But I think it’s right to hurry things up.

When the split is am­i­ca­ble, es­pe­cially when kids are in­volved, cou­ples should be al­lowed to move on and re­build their lives. Af­ter a painful de­ci­sion, it is the kind­est thing to do.

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