“New divorce laws will save people like me trapped in an abusive marriage”

A new law, commonly referred to as “No-Fault Divorce,” was introduced on April 6, meaning married couples or those in a civil partnership can separate without assigning blame

That "No-fault divorce" was launched in England and Wales on April 6th
No-Fault Divorce introduced in England and Wales on April 6 (stock image)

A domestic violence survivor says an overhaul to the divorce law introduced this week will be “game changing” for women desperate to escape abusive marriages.

A new law – known as “No-Fault Divorce” – will allow married couples and Britons in a civil partnership to separate without having to blame them.

Before April 6, in England and Wales, the only way to get a divorce without the consent of a spouse was to live apart for five years.

Exceptions were also granted in cases of adultery or improper conduct, Manchester evening news reports.

Activists have been calling for the “outdated” system to be changed for years, with research showing that 65 percent of people who took the blame for a divorce only to end their marriage later claimed it wasn’t their fault.

They believe the new law will help couples move forward without unnecessary conflict,

Most importantly, the change in the law means that domestic abusers can no longer keep their spouse in an unhappy or abusive marriage.

Before the new law, both had to consent to the divorce, except in cases of adultery or unreasonable behavior


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In the past, abusive partners could use their ability to contest the process to further harm their victims or lure them into a relationship.

Elaine Parker, 42, who was engaged to a man she met on Plenty of Fish before he became abusive, has welcomed the change to the “antiquated” divorce law and said it will allow men and women in abusive marriages to go without having to close her allegations against her spouse.

Speaking to the MEN, she said: “I get chills when I think about how it would have been for me if I had been married to my abusive partner.

“Having to prove inappropriate behavior would be very scary and I would have felt very trapped and unable to file for divorce.”

Elaine recently launched a new dating app called Safer Date, which claims to be the only dating site to conduct mandatory identity and background checks on members.

Her own fiancé was well known to police and had a history of domestic violence, but he was able to easily join Plenty of Fish.

“It was hard enough for me to leave him when we weren’t married,” she said.

The law will prevent men and women from being locked into unhappy or abusive marriages (stock image)


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“It’s really not that easy when you’re in an abusive relationship or marriage. Divorce laws have been so antiquated for years. If you’re the one who’s being abused – having to report what’s being done to you can have so many negative repercussions .

“The fact that you can now leave a marriage amicably is an absolute game changer for people in an abusive relationship.

“Until now, abusers have used the pitfalls of divorce law to trap victims in the marriage because they could contest it allegations.It It has finally been recognized how outdated the original law is and I am pleased to see these changes being implemented.”

Elaine is now urging the government to review and potentially shorten the 20-week cooling off period between initiating proceedings and applying for a conditional order – which she says is a long time span when you’re in an abusive marriage.

As part of the reforms, the Government in North Wales and Dorset has also launched a new investigative approach pilot, aiming to improve information sharing between partner agencies to better deal with domestic violence cases.

“It also reviews the presumption of parental contact in cases where abuse is alleged to ensure the safety of children.

Justice Secretary Dominic Raab said: “The breakdown of a marriage can be excruciating for everyone involved, especially children.

We want to reduce the bitterness that couples suffer and put an end to the anguish that children suffer.

“That’s why we enable couples to file for divorce without having to prove guilt, end the blame game when a marriage is irretrievably broken, and enable couples to move on with their lives without the acrimonious scramble of an adversarial divorce process.”

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