New divorce laws. The Government should produce new plans to help marriages – not just to end them

Apr 17, 2019 by

by Frank Young, Conservative Home: […]  When we ask the public for their view, three in five (60 per cent) adults agree that ‘divorce is too easy’. The idea that even uttering the word “marriage” is taboo isn’t reflected in what people (the ones who live and work far away from the Westminster bubble) actually think. Over two thirds (67 per cent) of adults agree that ‘marriage tends to be the most stable environment in which to raise children’ and even more (approaching three quarters –...

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Broken Promises Mean the Death of Trust

Apr 17, 2019 by

by Peter Hitchens: ‘Divorce is not permission to separate. If people really want to separate, they can separate. They don’t need to divorce to do that. Divorce is permission to remarry. I don’t know what your view is on oaths and promises, whether you think people should keep them or not. But if you give someone permission to remarry when their living spouse is still on this earth, then what you are saying is this: that though you have made a pledge to remain married for life to one...

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Easter is a message of hope for the penitent, not for those who pronounce themselves innocent

Apr 16, 2019 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. There is something about the idea of “no-fault divorce” which goes beyond the issue of how to regulate marriage and family in the 21st century. It can also be seen as an illustration of psychological and spiritual self-management in a post Christian culture. The argument which has won the day goes like this: few people nowadays believe that marriages should last forever; in reality relationships have a life span which when ended should allow people to...

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Breaking up shouldn’t be easy to do

Apr 15, 2019 by

by Belinda Brown, Rebel Priest: Almost 20 years ago Lord Irvine ditched the Conservative Party’s proposals for no fault divorce law as they had proved ‘unworkable’ and likely to lead to an increase in divorces. Now we are told no fault divorce law will definitely be introduced. So what has changed? Probably the most significant fact is Sir James Munby’s drive to introduce digitisation of the divorce process. Sir James hails this as a “Visionary programme of ambition unprecedented anywhere in...

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Fast, pain-free divorces? They are slow agony for our children

Apr 14, 2019 by

by Peter Hitchens, Mail on Sunday: Fail to keep up payments on a house or car, or break your employment contract, and see what happens to you. The courts will take the side of the person or company you have wronged, force you to pay up and probably throw in a punishment too. But break a marriage contract and the courts will now take your side and punish anyone who gets in your way, especially anyone who wants to abide by the contract. The person who wants to stay married and refuses to accept...

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No fault divorce

Apr 12, 2019 by

by Charles Moore, Spectator: […]  These divorce reforms seem to break new ground in our law, since they forbid any spouse to contest a divorce. To be married without your consent is forced marriage, and is a crime committed by the person doing the forcing. To be divorced without your consent, i.e. forced divorce, however, is now being promoted as the mark of a civilised society. Is this a moral advance? The non-consenting spouse (of either sex) will soon become like the woman in...

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