Blame no longer required for divorce under proposed legislation

9 January 2020

By Susan Alexander, Consultant Solicitor, Family and Mediation

The government has reintroduced the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill to Parliament. Once passed this new legislation will remove the current requirement of one party to blame the other for the breakdown of the marriage.

Under the Bill, one or both of the spouses will be able to make a statement of the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage and partners will no longer
be able to contest the divorce if the other partner wants one. The aim of the Bill is to reduce the impact allegations of blame can have on both couples
and their children, as well as make it easier for those who have suffered domestic abuse to escape the control of their abusive partners.

As members of Resolution – First for Family Law we have long campaigned for this change to the law and welcome the reintroduction of the Bill.

If you are faced with separation or divorce or would like any further information about our Family Law services, please contact a member of the Family
Law team on 01244 356 789 or email

Please note: This is not legal advice; it is intended to provide information of general interest about current legal issues.