The Justice Secretary has suggested a consultation to overhaul UK divorce laws which appear antiquated and cumbersome in a modern age. Campaigners have called for a ‘no-fault divorce’ which will streamline the process allowing spouses to divorce quicker and easier.
Currently, under UK law a divorce will only be granted after a two-year separation if both parties agree or if one partner is found to be at fault through adultery, desertion or unreasonable behaviour. If agreement can not be reached or no fault can be found, then spouses have to wait for five years before the divorce is granted. This was highlighted in the case of Tini Owens. Her case was heard at the supreme court in July and it was ruled that she could not divorce her husband until a period of five years had elapsed.

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