Courts are deliberately misled by a quarter of divorce petitions

The time has come to introduce divorce without blame, argues Conservative MP

12 Oct 2015

The law should not require couples to 'throw mud at each other' and should instead allow for divorce without blame, according to a backbench Conservative MP.

In 2012, official figures showed that over 72,000 divorce petitions included allegations of adultery or unreasonable behaviour.

Research conducted by YouGov in June 2015 found that 52 per cent of divorce petitions were fault based, alleging the same, and that 27 per cent of divorcing couples who asserted blame in their petition admitted the allegation of fault was not true.

The family law organisation Resolution claims the fault-based nature of divorce in Engla...

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