The best grounds for divorce from around the world

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Tomorrow, 13 May 2016, the No Fault Divorce Bill 2015 – 2016 is scheduled for a second reading in the House of Commons.

Although some way off reaching Royal Assent, this reading will hopefully ensure that another step is taken to changing the divorce laws in England so as to allow parties to obtain a divorce without any blame being apportioned to either of them.

I encourage this change in law, because I believe when a marriage breaks down, the parties involved invariably have enough to deal with, without the added burden of deciding who should be the 'guilty one'. Such an issue needlessly creates tensions between the parties which, could be avoided by allowing a no fault divorce. However, I accept that this approach may not be adopted in every divorce as there are times where one party feels so strongly about matters that they feel compelled to blame the other party.

Taking off my conciliatory family solicitor hat for a short while, looking back over the years we have seen many unusual grounds for divorce around the world.  The best I found that appealed to my sense of humour were as follows:

  • A husband was too short – Saudi Arabia (October 2015)
  • A husband was not into the film Frozen – Japan (June 2014)
  • A wife repeatedly served the husband his least favourite meal of tuna casserole – England (2012)
  • A husband who ate his peas using bread and not a fork – Kuwait (January 2014)
  • A husband did too many household chores – Germany (April 2009)
  • A husband bet his wife in a game of poker – Russia (2007)
  • A husband argued that he had technically died during the heart attack, therefore this ended the marriage on the basis that the marriage would only continue "until death do us part" – America (2007)

Although the above examples demonstrate the lengths that some people will go to formalise a divorce, wouldn't it be far simpler for a divorce to just be dealt with on a no fault basis?

Whilst I expect that there will be arguments raised that a no fault divorce would lead to an erosion of the principles of marriage and make getting a divorce too easy, putting my family solicitor hat back on I take the view that anything that will remove an issue that may potentially cause an argument between a separating couple is a good thing especially where there are any children are involved.

I will therefore be following the progress of the No Fault Divorce Bill 2015 -2016 with interest…