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UK government to launch consultation on no-fault divorces

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Advocates say proposals could help streamline a slow and confrontational process

A consultation on introducing “no-fault divorces”, which could streamline the slow and confrontational procedures couples face when separating, is being prepared by the government.

The justice secretary, David Gauke, who has previously acknowledged that the argument for reform is “strong”, is expected to launch a public debate on proposals to modernise legislation that has not been changed for almost 50 years.

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