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Divorcees admit to exaggerating marriage faults

Large numbers of people going through a divorce feel compelled to exaggerate faults in their marriage in order to ensure that the Family Court grants them a divorce, according to a recent survey (

One in four of those questioned felt that the divorce process as it currently stands, generates bitter feelings and prevented an amicable break-up.

Almost a third admitted to having ‘bent the truth’ about their spouse’s unreasonable behaviour, adultery, or even the length of time they had been separated.

More than a third felt that having to criticise their spouse and assign blame adds to the stress of the process, and increases the level of upset for the children of the marriage.

Finally, of those questioned, 80 percent said they would favour a 'no-fault' divorce if this was an option under the law.

These issues are now very much back on the agenda after the Supreme Court’s decision in the Tini Owens case, and with the government having launched a consultation on no-fault divorce. We at Moore & Tibbits Solicitors continue to support common sense legal reform in this area.

Article by: Karol Kaliczak 

For more information or to speak to a member of our Family Law Team, please contact Carline Gayle-Buckle on 01926 491181 or email 


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