As you might be aware, The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill has concluded its passage through the House of Commons. This means that it will now return to the House of Lords and subsequently receive Royal assent.
Regarding the Bill, the government has said:
“Marriage is one of our most important and valued institutions, and no one wants a marriage or civil partnership to break down. However, when one unfortunately does, the law should minimise the harm that can arise from the legal process. The latter should neither incentivise conflict nor make it worse where it already exists. Hence, this Bill will deliver much needed reform by removing the conflict flashpoints inherent within the current legal process. This is particularly important for any children, whose life chances are improved where the conditions are laid for co-operative and positive parenting relationships into the future.”
I do agree with the government and have supported the bill.
The Conservative Party Manifesto I stood on said: “A strong society needs stronger families” and I do believe the institution of marriage to be the cornerstone of the family unit.
Sometimes, however, marriages can unfortunately break down. In those circumstances. The State should not exacerbate the conflicts that push couples to seek divorce.
I understand many do consider “no-fault divorce” laws remove the guilt aspect of divorce, and I understand why some might interpret this as making it “easier” to choose this route rather than trying to prevent breaking a marriage.
No one wants to see more divorces. I do believe, however, that no amount of regulation can substitute for the loss of commitment to marriage.