Relationship break down

At Jackson Quinn we welcome the news that the government are to launch a consultation on no-fault divorce.

As members of Resolution we aim to try and resolve matters as amicably as possible. Members of Resolution must follow a Code of Conduct that promotes a non-confrontational approach to family problems.

The current law in England and Wales means anyone in England and Wales seeking a divorce must rely on one of five facts to prove their marriage has irretrievably broken down. They must prove that either their partner is at fault through adultery, desertion or unreasonable behaviour, or alternatively, if both sides agree, they can issue the proceedings after two years of separation. Otherwise, they must wait until they have been separated for 5 years.

The government’s proposals would provide for a single ground for divorce of irretrievable breakdown and would end the requirement that that be evidenced by one of five facts.

At Jackson Quinn we find that for clients to have to base a divorce on fault makes it difficult to resolve family problems constructively. Although we always do our best to encourage and support clients to resolve matters by agreement and through compromise whenever this is possible. A no-fault divorce would help separating families minimise arguments and conflict.

Posted: 10 October 2018
Author: Rebecca Wimble

If you need advice on divorce proceedings we offer 1/2 hour free advice appointments and fixed fee packages. We can also assess your eligibility for legal aid. Please contact us via the website or at one of our offices for further information:-

By Telephone :

Emergency out of hours 24 hour helpline : 07765 779334

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Rebecca Wimble is a Partner  and Solicitor based at our Nottingham Office. She is a member of Resolution and accredited by the Law Society Children Panel.

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