Reform of UK Divorce Law

Reform of UK Divorce Law – An End to the Fault-Based System

By Bethany Dolphin, LLB – Trainee Solicitor

Announcements were made by the Government on the 9th April 2019 for the first major reform of UK divorce law in over 50 years. The reforms are set to change the archaic system of fault-based divorces.

The basis of the proposed reforms by the Government are to ensure that the decision to divorce continues to be a considered one, giving spouses the opportunity to change their minds, and to ensure that they are not put through legal requirements which do not serve their or the state’s interests and which can lead to ongoing conflict and poorer outcomes for children.

The announcement comes following the controversial Supreme Court decision in the case of Tini Owen and a 12 week Government consultation.

Tini Owen was seeking a divorce due to the fact that she was unhappy in her marriage. However, her husband refused to consent to the divorce proceeding. The Supreme Court made the controversial decision to dismiss Mrs Owen’s appeal, meaning that the couple must remain married until at least 2020 when she will be able to rely on 5 years’ separation if her husband still does not consent to a divorce.

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Egg hunt!

Some light-hearted fun today at Bleasdales! Our Office Manager hid lots of mini eggs around the building and the person who found the most, won a bunny filled with chocolates. Here is our lovely Amber who was the winner!

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Big thank you to all our lovely staff who helped raise £112.00 for Red Nose Day by selling cakes and playing tombola. A good day was had by all!

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Recent client feedback

Here is some recent client feedback we have been given authority to share regarding Rachel D’Souza, Head of the Wills and Probate department:

“Everything was arranged for me and my son with great respect. Couldn’t have wished for anything better”.

“Nothing was too much trouble for Rachel, she was very sympathetic with our situation. Everything was confidential and I felt very safe with all the advice”.

“The service given was carried out professionally with a polite and civil manner. I would not hesitate to use Bleasdale & Co. again if required in the future. I would fully recommend the company to friends and family or anyone wanting legal services”.

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