The Government is moving ahead with plans to change the law to allow no-fault divorce, justice secretary David Gauke has confirmed.
Mr Gauke is to introduce legislation in the next session of Parliament that will eliminate the existing need for couples to aportion blame to their spouses as grounds for the divorce.
At present, the law offers the alternative of both parties living separately by mutual agreement for two years. But in some cases, the wait is longer if the couple are unable to prove that their marriage broke down because of adultery, unreasonable behaviour or desertion, or where one spouse is contesting the divorce, in which case they must live apart for five years before they can divorce.
This will all change with the legislation being brought in by the Government after submissions to its consultation on the reforms showed broad support. ...