Couples will no longer have to attribute blame or mutually agree to end their marriages.
The justice secretary, David Gauke, confirmed he will bring in legislation introducing the reform in the next session of Parliament removing the need for separating couples to wait years or allocate blame for the breakdown of their relationship.
Currently, anyone applying for divorce must prove their spouse is at fault through adultery, desertion, unreasonable behaviour or if both sides agree, they can divorce after a period of two years separation. In the absence of one of these factors, they must wait until they have been separated 5 years.
Demands for change followed after the case of Owen v Owen when the Supreme Court ruled in July 2018 that Mrs Owen could not divorce her husband until they had been separated 5 years.
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