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No fault divorce – ending the blame game in divorce

September 11, 2018

Family breakdown is often a time of conflict and distress. There are potential crises and issues to resolve even if the couple have mutually agreed that their marriage is over. At present the only ground for divorce is that the marriage has broken down irretrievably. A party must prove this by demonstrating one of five

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The behaviour petition in divorce as seen in the therapist’s consulting room

August 13, 2018

In the context of Resolution’s and the Family Matters campaign for no fault divorce, Family Law in Partnership counsellor and therapist Jo Harrison shares her experience of the impact of fault based divorce within the four walls of the consulting room in this article which appeared in Family Law Week. Jo Harrison is an experienced relationship counsellor,

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The Riddle of Owens v Owens

June 21, 2017

In this blog, Family Law in Partnership associate Hannah Greene examines the controversial case of Owens v Owens in which the Court of Appeal refused an application for a divorce by Mrs Owens on the grounds of the unreasonable behaviour of her husband. Were the case of Owens v Owens to be presented as a riddle, or a

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One step back for no fault divorce?

April 5, 2017

In this blog, director Helen Greenfield examines the case for no fault divorce in light of the recent case of Tini Owens.  Divorce and separation is often a time of conflict and distress. There are a lot of potential crises and issues to resolve for couples even where they have mutually agreed that their marriage

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“I just no longer want to be with them”: The call for no fault divorce

November 30, 2016

“I just no longer want to be with them…..” …and upon hearing these words, family lawyers in England and Wales have to explain to their client that, in the absence of adultery, they must either wait for a significant period of time before they can get divorced or will need to identify examples of their

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No Fault Divorce – End of the blame game?

March 8, 2016

No fault divorce – associate Carla Ditz assesses the present state of the law and the campaign 
to alter the unnecessarily acrimonious route to divorce Unless a couple have 
been separated for 
at least two years, they are forced to go down the road of blaming one party for the breakdown of the relationship. The

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No fault divorce bill to be debated on Friday

March 7, 2016

No fault divorce bill will be debated in the House of Commons on Friday. The second reading of the Bill on no fault divorce will take place in the House of Commons this Friday, 11th March 2016 (postponed from 22nd January). At Family Law in Partnership we’re really looking forward to seeing progress in this area

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