Wikivorce is delighted to be working with Professor Liz Trinder from the University of Exeter and OnePlusOne on "Finding Fault" - research on the current grounds for divorce.
The aim of the research is to explore how the current law on the ground for divorce and civil partnership dissolution operates in practice and to inform debate about whether and how the law might be reformed. A majority of divorce petitions in England and Wales still rely on allegations of fault, mainly behaviour and adultery. Research in the 1990s suggested that the use of fault had the potential to cause or exacerbate hostility between the parties, whilst not saving marriages. Meanwhile, to save judicial time, the 98% of petitions that are undefended are now scrutinised by legal advisers rather than judges.
Exeter University and OPO are launching a new research study exploring what it is like to go through the divorce process, and to see whether or not the current law (ie having to use Unreasonable Behaviour because parties haven''t been separated for 2 years or more, or where one party won''t consent to a divorce on the grounds of 2 years separation) makes the divorce/dissolution journey more difficult for those involved.
This is a chance to talk about your experiences and to help influence if and how the current divorce law may be changed. They will be speaking to people in England or Wales who are at the beginning of a divorce process, either planning to file a divorce petition or have recently received a divorce Petition.
This is a chance for you to convey the reality of divorce proceedings and thus an opportunity to shape public debate about possible law reform and improve things for other people going through a divorce.