Berwins In The News

11th Apr 2019

Family law specialist hails divorce law reforms

One of Yorkshire’s rising stars in the field of Family Law has welcomed reforms which will end the ‘blame game’ for divorcing couples.

Berwins’ Danielle Day, who in campaigning for change was part of a delegation which took the case to the Houses of Parliament, has backed the government’s plans to overhaul legislation to reduce family conflict. 

The move towards a ‘no-fault divorce’ will mean that in order to initiate divorce proceedings, a couple will no longer be forced to either wait for a minimum of two years or allocate blame – an act which, as Danielle explains can heighten acrimony.  

“While there will always be circumstances where one side has caused a marriage to breakdown, it can also be the case that a couple has simply grown apart and are looking to make a new start. In such circumstances, it can set the separation process off on the wrong foot and raise levels of animosity if one party has to blame the other, with one ‘in the right’ and the other ‘in the wrong’.

“These long called for reforms – the biggest changes to divorce law in half a century – alter that. They reflect a growing focus in our judicial system around amicably resolving differences and moving forward and, by removing barriers which often make an already difficult situation harder promote constructive resolutions which are particularly important when children are involved.”

The proposed legislation was announced by Justice Secretary, David Gauke on 9th April 2019 and is expected to be brought before parliament within a matter of months.

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