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No-Fault Divorce - A Personal View

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No-Fault Divorce - A Personal View

Marriage: a hopeful, generous, infinitely kind gamble taken by two people who don’t yet know who they are or who the other might be, binding themselves to a future they cannot conceive of and have carefully omitted to investigate”             Alain de Botton, The Course of Love

Marriage is indeed a gamble. For couples tying the knot, neither wants to think they won’t stay the course. Inevitably though, not all marriages survive.

Relationships end for many reasons and a No-Fault Divorce recognises that sometimes neither party is truly to blame - the relationship has run its natural course.

Couples can grow apart. Life’s stresses and strains affect everyone in different ways - bringing some partnerships closer whilst pushing others apart. Some couples may quickly realise they are not compatible enough to survive long-term, others may grow apart over time.

It’s a sad fact that not every relationship will work even when trying reconciliation and counselling. When neither party is truly at fault, being able to untangle married life together in the kindest, most straightforward way possible is a positive step.

I don’t believe No-Fault Divorce makes light of the commitments of marriage, nor will it encourage couples to marry without careful thought and consideration, but hopefully being able to divorce without apportioning blame will reduce stress and potential conflict if things do go wrong.

It’s also important to remember that those most deserving of making things as amicable as possible are, of course, children.

If you wish to know more about No-Fault Divorce, visit www.duttongregory.co.uk/site/personal/family-law/ or call any of our offices.