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Stratford MP calls for 'no fault' change in divorce law

Ian Hughes 19th Jul, 2019

A REFORM of divorce laws is being backed by MP Nadhim Zahawi.

The children and families minister is joining Stratford law firm Woolley & Co in getting behind a campaign to reform the law in England and Wales.

Mr Zahawi is calling for a no fault divorce to be introduced after the firm of family law specialists contacted him to ask for his support for the Resolution-led campaign.

And Mr Zahawi says he will back the reform when it is debated in the House of Commons.

The married father-of-three said: “When a relationship ends, it cannot be right for the law to introduce or exacerbate conflict between divorcing couples. Currently, couples have an incentive to blame each other for the end of marriage based on ‘unreasonable behaviour’, adultery or desertion.

“The government has indeed announced proposals which would mean that the irretrievable breakdown of a marriage will remain the sole ground for divorce.

“At the same time the new proposals would remove the need to show evidence of the other spouse’s conduct, or a period of living apart. A new notification process would be introduced to allow one, or possibly both parties, to notify the court of the intention to divorce. Finally, the proposals would remove the opportunity for the other spouse to contest the divorce, which serves no practical purpose.

Woolley & Co has been urging people to write to their MPs to back the reform, which they argue will save time, money and heartache for thousands of families each year.

Managing partner Andrew Woolley said: “The support of our local MP is particularly timely as the Church of England slammed what it sees as plans for “divorce on demand”, opposing the long-overdue, proposed reforms.”

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