Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Why Not Bring Back Fault for Divorces?

Good Lord, this topic never dies. For some reason conservatives favor the idea. Since I do not, I gu9ess that makes me a liberal. My rant having run its course, let me say I think John Bolch over at Family Lore has nailed the problem quite well:

Today I read that Conservative think tank the Centre for Social Justice will recommend that there be a compulsory three-month "cooling off" period before divorce proceedings can be commenced, one of a number of proposals contained in a report Every Family Matters, to be published tomorrow.... The report will also call for the retention of a fault provision in divorce proceedings, something which I think the vast majority of those working in the family justice system disagree (indeed, the last Conservative Government attempted to bring in no-fault divorce). Fault is pointless: very rarely can a marriage breakdown be said to be entirely the fault of one party, it involves the court in the issue of 'revenge' and, above all, it reduces the chance of matters being resolved amicably between the parties.

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