No-Fault Divorce

  • What is a No-Fault Divorce?

  • Timeline of No-Fault Divorce Bill

  • Current Divorce Law in the UK

  • Why is No-Fault Divorce needed?

  • Number of fault based divorce cases in the UK

  • Benefits of No-Fault Divorce for children

  • Arguments against No-Fault Divorce

  • Should Couples willing to get Divorced wait for No-Fault Divorce Act?

  • When will the No-Fault Divorce process begin in the UK?

  • IntroducƟon of No-Fault Divorce in various countries

  • How much does a No-Fault Divorce cost?

  • Inclusions under No-Fault Divorce Bill

  • Should couples wait for implementation of No-Fault Divorce Act

  • How can Osbourne Pinner help you?

What is a No-Fault Divorce?

No-Fault Divorce is a divorce process in which no party is required to explain wrongdoing, or “fault”. Prior to No-Fault Divorce, people who wanted to get divorced had to prove that their marriage was irrevocably broken; this is known as “grounds for divorce”.


Grounds for divorce include unreasonable behaviour, adultery, desertion or separation; this is the consensual separation of two years or a non-consensual separation of five years.


In legal terms, divorce as per the current law requires evidence that at least one of the spouses has in any way breached their marital contract.

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Why is No-Fault Divorce Needed?

Not every marriage that breaks down is the result of wrongdoing, as current legislation defines it. Many couples simply become unhappy with no direct fault of an individual.


It is believed that No-Fault Divorce will reduce stress, conflict and other emotional difficulties associated with the divorce process. Instead, it helps the focus to be placed on central issues, like finances, property, assets and children.

Arguments Against No-Fault Divorce

Not everyone seems to be in favour of No-Fault Divorce in the UK. Some opponents believe that it would allow spouses at fault to get a divorce on terms that do not take their wrongdoing into consideration.


Another common issue with No-Fault Divorce is the belief that it may lead to a drastic increase in the UK divorce rate. However, as per the latest study by Stephanie Coontz, a professor at Evergreen State College in the USA, stated that since the year No-Fault Divorce became well-nigh universal, the national divorce rate has dropped.

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