Good Divorce Week


As Resolution’s annual campaign for a change in the law to include an option for a no-fault divorce has come to an end for 2018 we reflect on the key messages.

Conflict can have serious long-term effects on children and studies have shown that it’s not the separation or the divorce that has an impact but rather the conflict stemming from it that often has a detrimental impact on their wellbeing.

Divorce is always difficult but having to show fault can increase the conflict between the couple and make it more difficult to sort out child and financial arrangements.

Facts: Divorce in England and Wales

  • There are over 100,000 divorces in England and Wales each year;
  • Behaviour is the most common fact used for opposite-sex divorce (52%) and same -sex divorce (83% among women, 73% among men);
  • A National opinion survey showed only 29% of respondents to a fault divorce said that the Fact used very closely matched the reason for the separation.

What Resolution members think of the current law:

  • 90% say the current law makes it harder to reduce conflict between ex-partners;
  • 67% say the current law makes it harder for separated parents to reach agreements;
  • 80% feel the introduction of no-fault divorce would help separating couples reach an agreement out of court.