The current legislation requires divorcing couples to satisfy a judge that their marriage has broken down, by providing evidence of one of the five grounds:
An application that fails to provide evidence of one of those facts, and that the marriage has therefore broken down irretrievably will be refused, even in circumstances where both spouses agree that the marriage is at an end. The current rules, therefore, require families to engage in a costly and time-consuming exercise at a time when those funds (and energies) are almost certainly needed elsewhere to resolve their housing, child custody and financial arrangements.
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This article was first published in The Royal Gazette.