93% of Stowe Family Law’s divorce experts back no-fault divorces.
In February, we undertook an in-house research project at Stowe Family Law to gauge opinions from our expert divorce lawyers on reforming divorce laws in England and Wales.
And the results were in resounding favour of reform with 85% off those questioned backing calls for major change.
On the call for the development of a no-fault divorce, the results again were strongly in favour with 93% of our experts backing this change.
In the case of no-fault divorce, this research is particularly relevant with the Owens v Owens case being heard at the Supreme Court tomorrow. A case that will seek to shift the need to establish some sort of blame before a divorce is granted.
Having to seek blame can often lead to greater conflict even if their original split was amicable. The introduction of ‘no-fault’ divorce is an obvious step to help minimise distress and conflict between divorcing parents and children.
The research also revealed:
91% felt the current divorce laws did nothing to minimize distress and conflict between divorcing parents
If no-fault divorce introduced, the minimum qualifying separation period should be six months
76% said existing facts such as adultery should continue to exist
50% said a no-fault divorce would have been beneficial to more than half of their cases
There have been calls to reform divorce laws in England and Wales for many years. Marriage, families and relationships have changed. Divorce legislation needs to catch up.