Christian family law solicitor defends govt changes to divorce law

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The law surrounding divorce is having the biggest change in 50 years, in that neither party will be required to attribute blame to the other for it to be granted. 

Currently, evidence of ‘fault’ is legally required.

David Gauke, the justice secretary, said this change would help end the “blame game” for divorcing couples.

Some Christian organisations have raised concern with the plan to abolish the right to contest a divorce and the general idea of marriage being seen as easier to end. 

 

 

David Hodson OBE says no fault divorce will not make ending a marriage easier and that Christians should take on the job of helping couples reconcile. 

As a specialist family law solicitor, mediator and abitrator, Mr Hodson is experienced in family disputes.  

The solicitor, who also sits part-time as a family court judge, told Premier: “I, and almost every other family lawyer around the country, support no fault divorce.

“We in effect have quasi-no-fault divorce at the moment because nobody deals with a real fault for why a relationship has broken down.

“Divorce matters – which are sad in almost all circumstances, where they are tragic, where there are children involved – let’s try and work out the best arrangements for everyone; financial arrangements, parenting arrangements – but please, there is no need to engage in artificial blame in a legal context which doesn’t help…

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