The ONS have published their latest statistics into divorce rates in the UK, which have increased by 5.8% from 2015.
Couples facing divorce who have not been separated for two or five years and are not in a position to wait for this time to pass, can only rely upon the fact of unreasonable behaviour. This can lead to an unnecessary deterioration of the parties relationship which causes stress and anxiety to the whole family.
This surely places more pressure on Government to consider a No Fault Divorce, which Resolution have continued to lobby Government to introduce.
“It’s also important to recognise that behind these statistics, there are tens of thousands of couples who are currently discouraged by the current system from taking a non-confrontational approach to divorce . For many separating couples, the need to apportion blame on the divorce petition can introduce unnecessary conflict, which adds to the stress and heartache for the couple themselves and, crucially, any children they may have. “For decades, 'unreasonable behaviour' has been the most common reason for divorce among opposite-sex couples, yet many are forced into playing this ‘blame game’ by our archaic divorce laws.