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Couples in England and Wales will be able to end their marriages more quickly without blaming each other. But could speeding up the process mean more divorces?

At the moment, there are five official grounds for divorce which apply in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Three involve attributing blame, and mean that divorce proceedings can start straight away - the whole process can then be completed within three to six months:

  • Unreasonable behaviour
  • Adultery
  • Desertion

The other two, which do not involve blame, take longer: separation for two years with consent and separation for five years if one of the parties does not agree to the divorce.

The government says that a law ensuring divorcing couples no longer have to blame each other for the breakdown of their marriage will "help reduce family conflict".

Full story: BBC

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