Should the UK move to ‘no fault’ divorce?

Martin Astle, Director and Solicitor in Astle Paterson’s Family Department discusses whether couples should simply be able to obtain a divorce – without the need for there to be either party at fault.

Martin said, “A major study is underway to examine ways in which the U.K. could improve its divorce process.

The central issue is whether we should move away from spouses having to apportion blame to be able to ask the Court for a divorce.”

Martin continued, “When a spouse issues a divorce petition based on adultery or unreasonable behaviour, currently they must accuse the other spouse of some wrongdoing.  This can often result in further hostility between the parties which may cause more distress to the estranged couple and their children.

Those who support the reform believe the current system is out of date and only serves to inflame bitterness and hostilities between spouses.

However, those who oppose the reform believe that no fault divorce will lower the value of marriage.”

Both family law solicitors and members of the public have been invited to take part in the research and the first set of data will be published next year.

At Astle Paterson we have a number of experienced specialist family lawyers who have the knowledge and know-how to assist you through your divorce process.

Should you wish to discuss matters further with Martin Astle then please contact him on either 01283 531366 or by way of email to his secretary, Lynda Green at

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