Major changes to the divorce law this week will help hundreds of local couples achieve a more amicable separation, according to family law experts at Trethowans.

Justice Secretary David Gauke’s approved reforms to existing law means it’s possible for spouses to divorce without having to apportion blame to one of the parties involved if they wish to divorce immediately.

Trethowans has the campaign by Resolution, a national body which represents family lawyers, to change this with the introduction of a no-fault divorce.

Andrew Mercer, Trethowans’ Salisbury, said: “It’s an extremely welcome development and one which is long overdue. Where a couple acknowledge that their marriage has irretrievably broken down, they must be allowed to secure its dissolution without having to resort to blame.”

With 118,000 divorce petitions issued in England and Wales last year, the changes would impact local couples, Andrew added.

“It is important that couples are encouraged to adopt a conciliatory approach where possible. The new law will assist in reducing elements of hostility in the divorce process.”

The law reduces the need to rely on “unreasonable behaviour” or “adultery” when issuing a divorce petition.

The new law is not in force yet and it could take some time until the ‘no fault divorce’ becomes a reality.

“Unfortunately, this new legislation cannot be introduced until Parliamentary time is available,” Andrew said.

“How long this will take is anyone’s guess – particularly with the matter of Brexit keeping MPs busy – but this is still a significant step in the right direction for many.”

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