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Calls For Changes To Divorce Law

March 26th, 2018

Divorce laws in the UK need to change to allow women trapped in loveless marriages to divorce their partners. This is according to Sir James Munby, a top family judge in the UK who suggested in a recent speech that there needs to be reform.

The Telegraph reported on his comments, where he cited a recent case that’s still going through the courts where a woman has so far been forced to stay married to her husband despite seeking a divorce.

Under current legislation, couples wishing to end their marriage must provide a reason as to why it has become unviable.

This can include citing unreasonable behaviour or adultery. However, Sir James pointed out the flaw in this system, after the woman in the aforementioned case was unable to prove that her husband’s behaviour had been “sufficiently unreasonable”. This is despite acknowledging that they no longer love each other.

He stressed that the law is “very badly in need of reform”. The newspaper noted that he’s not the first high-profile legal professional to call for a change. Last year, Baroness Hale of Richmond, president of the Supreme Court, said that blame should be removed in divorce proceedings.

Last month, we highlighted some of the most important things to consider when you’re going through a divorce, including the importance of finding the right solicitors in Chesham to help you deal with this difficult process.

Checking what qualifications in family law any solicitor you’re considering has is a good place to start, as they may be able to help you find solutions without resorting to a courtroom battle.


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