I divorce thee, I divorce thee, I divorce thee

By April 10, 2019February 18th, 2021No Comments


Dear Marriage supporter

Yesterday the Government trumpeted its ‘no-fault’ divorce plan – and kept quiet about the overwhelming opposition in its own consultation.

The plans may be well intentioned. They are loved by lawyers whose workload will be cut, but they are a marriage wreckers’ charter.

Inevitably the number of divorces will rocket. The cost to society will be enormous.

No-fault divorce on demand means spouses will be unable to contest a divorce and the whole process could be speeded up to as little as six months. Philanderers will be delighted.

A husband or wife whose spouse has been unfaithful – will no longer be able to get a divorce on the grounds of adultery. Only ‘no-fault’ divorce will be available to them, and to victims of domestic violence. This is plain wrong.

The Coalition for Marriage is at the forefront of opposition to the plans. Thank you to everyone who responded to the consultation. With the publication of responses today we know that 83 per cent of respondents oppose unilateral no-fault divorce.

It’s important to speak out as the plans are talked about. You might want to raise some of the points below in conversation or in a letter to a newspaper or on one of the many radio phone-ins that are taking place.

Here are some talking points:

Marriage vows matter. These plans trivialize marriage promises. They also create instability and uncertainty in marriage.

Cheating spouses can much more easily walk away from their solemn, lifelong commitment whenever they choose. Aided and abetted by the state.

Research overwhelmingly shows that children normally fare better in married households compared to those in broken homes. Easy divorce is not in the interests of children.

Divorce proceedings are dropped every year as couples decide to stick together – no-fault divorce makes the chance of reconciliation much harder.

These plans are not yet law. Parliament will have to scrutinize and debate them. Before then, we must speak out. The state should be doing what it can to help married couples stay together, not helping them break up.

Thank you for your support.

Yours sincerely

Colin Hart
Coalition for Marriage (C4M)