The ‘no-fault’ divorce bill is being discussed in the House of commons. If successful it will enable couples to start divorce proceedings immediately, without stating that the grounds of divorce are adultery, unreasonable behaviour or desertion. Instead the new law will allow them to state that the marriage has broken down irretrievably . It will also remove the possibility of contesting the decision to divorce and allow couples to jointly apply for a divorce, where the decision to do so is mutual. A ‘no-fault’ divorce could be granted after six months, rather than a separation of two years, if both parties agree.