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The system is so outdated, heaping on the admin and prolonging the pain.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.