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Are changes to divorce proceedings on the horizon?

Divorce agreement

Published at 4:42pm 8th January 2019.

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Changes to divorce proceedings in Yorkshire mean you can now end your marriage online, and plans could see further changes in laws to allow couples to legally separate without placing blame.

Newtons Solicitors have been discussing the current process in the UK, which requires couples to 'apportion blame' on a legal divorce document, meaning either party must be viewed as at fault for the breakdown of the marriage. 

The system has been in place since the introduction of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 and means anyone seeking divorce must either prove their partner is at fault through adultery, desertion or unreasonable behaviour.

But the government plans to change the system towards a 'no-blame' process, allowing divorces to be more amicable and easier on both parties. These potential changes follow the introduction of Digital Divorce, which allows couples to initiate their separation entirely online, making it far easier and quicker than the paperwork route.  

Divorce document

What are the potential changes?

Although changes have yet to be clarified according to Hayley Edwards at Newtons Solicitors, the government could be set to introduce 'no-fault divorces' in an attempt to streamline the slow and confrontational steps couples have to make when separating.

However, although the process would be made much quicker, divorce cannot happen overnight. Couples looking to separate will likely be given a period of time to consider the consequences of finalising their divorce.

Listen below as Hayley Edwards and Julie Fawcett from Newtons Solicitors spoke about changes to the divorce system.

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