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Divorce claims jump 50% after UK introduces ‘no fault’ law

The introduction of ‘no-fault’ divorce laws in Britain led to a 50% increase in divorce applications in the first week of its implementation.

The UK last week amended divorce laws to remove clauses requiring spouses to prove that they have been subjected to “unreasonable behaviour” such as abandonment or adultery, or that the couple had been living apart for two to five years.

Although the change in law does not allow instant divorces, as couples must be married for at least 20 weeks, it is possible to divorce without stating a reason in just over 6 months of marriage.

Easing of divorce restrictions led to ‘burst’ of filings, says The telegraphwho reported that the first week of implementation saw a fifty percent increase in divorce applications.

Over the past week, Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service has received more than 3,000 divorce applications, compared to an average of 2,072 per week last year.

Last year, 107,724 divorce applications were made in England and Wales, including 111,996 in 2020.

Commenting on the massive increase in filings, campaign group Fathers4Justice founder Matt O’Connor said in comments provided to Breitbart London: ‘The divorce rush seen across the country since introduction is creating a class of McDads, whose lives and interests are as disposable as a hamburger wrapper.

O’Connor said the introduction of no-fault divorce will lead to greater alienation, suffering and suicide among fathers in Britain.

“Our worst fears are coming true with this spike in divorces that will hit men and fathers the hardest due to outdated gender stereotypes in the courts that dictate children live with their mothers in the family home. We believe that urgent reform is needed to introduce equal divorce and equal parenting for dads.

“No Fault sounds good, but it will also mean no hope and no chance for countless fathers as they watch families get rid of it due to archaic beliefs and practices in the system.”

The introduction of no-fault divorce in the United States, first enacted in California in 1969 before spreading to other states, has been credited with causing a host of societal problems across America. .

A 1997 review of the impacts of no-fault divorce by Peter Swisher, then a law professor at the University of Richmond in Virginia, stated: “The divorce revolution – the steady replacement of a culture of marriage with a culture of divorce and single parenthood – failed. It has created terrible hardship for children, incurred unbearable social costs, and failed to deliver on its promise of greater adult happiness.

In 2014, Dr. Jane Anderson, clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco, noted that “divorce has been shown to diminish a child’s future skills in all areas of life, including family relationships, education, emotional well-being. , and future earning power.

Dr Anderson said that with the exception of families plagued by domestic violence, “children do better when parents work hard to keep the marriage together”.

“Therefore, society should do everything possible to support healthy marriages and discourage married couples from divorcing,” she wrote.

Even before the introduction of no-fault divorce legislation, British families had been feeling the pressure for decades, with successive governments adopting policies to entice women into the workforce, including taxing individual earnings as opposed to to family units as a whole, which means that families with two incomes would be taxed less than those dependent on an equivalent income.

Unlike Britain, socially conservative European countries like Poland and Hungary adopted family-friendly policies, such as tax incentives for mothers, who saw their marriage rates increase, while that of the Kingdom United continued to decline.

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