The government has stated that new rules will include a minimum timeframe of six months from petition stage to decree absolute – the final stage of the divorce process. In addition, there will be a new option which will allow couples to apply for a divorce jointly. The BBC’s legal correspondent has said “fault, blame and having to prove two or five year’s separation were not seen to be helping couples move on with their lives - and that's why they are being consigned to legal history.” It is hoped that these changes will allow separating couples to part ways with less conflict arising. This is turn will reduce the emotional impact a divorce can often have on children of the family. Divorce does not have to be a lengthy “blame game” anymore and the new rules could mean that children are no longer exposed to ongoing conflict or the feeling of having to choose sides. If you require any assistance with divorce, separation or sorting out child arrangements following separation please get in touch with one of our family solicitors.