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Divorce law: Reforms to end 'blame game' between couples

Divorce laws in England and Wales are to be overhauled so couples can split faster and, it is hoped, with less acrimony.Under current rules, one spouse has to allege adultery or unreasonable behaviour by the other for divorce proceedings to start straight away.In future, they will only have to state that the marriage has broken down irretrievably.It will also stop one partner refusing a divorce if the other one wants one.Justice Secretary David Gauke said the changes would help to end the "blame game".Currently, "fault-based" divorces, where there are allegations of adultery or unreasonable behaviour - can take as little as three to six months.But "no-fault" divorces can take much longer - with couples having to prove they have bee ...