Divorce without blame

Judi Bonham, Managing Partner and Head of Family Legal Services at WSP Solicitors

Currently, unless you have been separated for 2 years or more, in order to divorce you have to apportion some form of blame to your partner – adultery or unreasonable behaviour. As family lawyers we see the unnecessary conflict this can cause and how it can make it harder to reach an agreement you are both content with.

Resolution, a national organisation of 6,500 family lawyers, is calling for changes to the law to address this. They are campaigning for a change to remove blame from divorce to reduce the stress and conflict and likelihood you may end up in court.

Resolution proposes a new divorce procedure, where one or both partners can give notice that the marriage has broken down irretrievably. The divorce can then proceed and, after a period of six months, if either or both partners still think they are making the right decision, the divorce is finalised.

This week is Resolution’s Good Divorce Week. As members of Resolution, we are supporting their campaign in the hope of finding #abetterway for our clients.

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