The paper considers the current basis for divorce and the arguments for and against the introduction of no-fault divorce.

Some senior members of the judiciary, the Family Mediation Task Force and Resolution, have called for its introduction, to reduce the conflict that can be caused by allegations of fault.

Arguments against no-fault divorce include supporting the institution of marriage, the risk of rising divorce rates and the negative impact of family breakdown.

The briefing paper also reviews previous attempts at implementing no-fault divorce and the introduction of Mediation Information Assessment Meeting (MIAMs).

Source: House of Commons Library, "No-fault divorce" (29 September 2016).

This article was originally published on www.practicallaw.com in the Family news round-up to 6 October 2016 and is reproduced with the permission of Thomson Reuters.

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