In the Law Gazette it was reported yesterday that research highlighting a significant lack of truth in divorce petitions should be a 'wake-up call' to politicians to introduce a no-fault divorce system.
A report published today by the Nuffield Foundation, Finding Fault? Divorce Law and Practice in England and Wales, says that divorce petitions 'are best viewed as a narrative produced to secure a legal divorce. They are not - as a lay person might suppose they should be - an accurate reflection of why the marriage broke down and who was "to blame"'. Only three in 10 respondents told the research that the reason cited in their fault-based divorce closely matched the reason for separating. The report states: 'What might be regarded as stretching of the truth in such cases is not confined to behaviour petitions. Adultery can be falsely claimed and admitted. Dates of separation may also be massaged to shorten wait times in two- and five-year separation cases.