In what can only be described as a Frost-bitten flashback, Spring has been nipped in the bud by sub zero climates and impending icicles, but this March Monday is about to be saved by our ever fabulous question of the week. Milky tea at the ready (what, that’s how we like our tea…)
It’s been the talk of the town over the last few days, but a husband who tried to block his wife from divorcing him over a row concerning map reading has failed in his attempt to do so on the grounds that the wife was entitled to have her divorce.
In England today, in order to obtain a divorce all a spouse needs to do is show that there has been irretrievable breakdown of the marriage and that can then be confirmed using one of five elements, the two most well-known being adultery and ‘unreasonable behaviour’. And whilst the system uses these ‘fault-based’ elements to process a divorce, the reality is that lawyers are, more and more, creating what has become known as an ‘anodyne petition’, one which is often bereft of fault or blame as most parties simply do not wish to engage in rigorous battle over separations. But some would say that this practice is undermining marriage and snuffing out any hope of reconciliation at a crucial stage.
So, our question to you this week is simply this: Should we move towards a no fault divorce system, such as the one in New York over in America, or should we be narrowing the grounds for divorce instead?