Bar warns that couples should not have to wait six months to finalise a divorce

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In a response to a Ministry of Justice (MoJ) consultation on extending the period couples must wait for a decree nisi after receiving a decree absolute from six weeks to six months, the Bar Council has said such a period would be too long for couples without children.

It said: “It is not clear whether there is empirical or anecdotal evidence that the current period of six weeks and one day is too short a period of time and what the reasoning is for extending it to six months.

“The period is a minimum and a decree absolute will not be made until the court is satisfied that to make a decree absolute will not cause hardship and, in the case of a marriage with dependant children, that satisfactory arrangements have been made for the children.”

The consultation on reform of the legal requirements for divorce contains a range of proposals relating to the UK’s divorce laws, including replacing the current five grounds for divorce with ‘irretrievable marital breakdown’.

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