Important research into divorce laws finds fault with the current system


By Jessica Pitt

New research published today by the Nuffield Foundation shows that current divorce laws increase conflict and suffering for couples.  

It is hoped this report, together with the long running campaign by Resolution, may help contribute towards long overdue reforms for divorce laws in England and Wales.

Professor Liz Trinder of the University of Exeter, the author of the report, writes:

“There is no evidence from this study that the current law protects marriage, and there is strong support for divorce law reform amongst the senior judiciary and the legal profession. We recommend removal of fault so that divorce is based solely on the notification, and later confirmation, by one or both spouses that the marriage has broken down. This should be a purely administrative process with no requirement for judicial scrutiny - in the twenty-first century, the state cannot, and should not, seek to decide whether someone’s marriage has broken down.”
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