Law and religion round-up – 16th September

A week in which the Government bowed to pressure for the reform of divorce law in England & Wales – but there was other stuff as well…

“No-fault” divorce in England & Wales?

The big news of the week was the announcement by the Justice Secretary of a consultation on the introduction of no-fault divorce in England and Wales (so big that both of us posted on it simultaneously: Frank subsequently took his down). The issue of contested divorce on the grounds of unreasonable behaviour came to public prominence as a result of the judgment in Owens v Owens [2018] UKSC 41, in which the Supreme Court unanimously – but with obvious reluctance – rejected Mrs Tini Owens’s appeal against the refusal of the lower courts to grant her a divorce opposed by her husband: we noted it here. Continue reading