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Making divorce easier makes it cheaper, too

A new UK law to allow ‘no-fault’ divorces will financially benefit many of the 100,000-ish married couples who split up each year.

If you thought weddings were expensive, try divorce. Just filling in the necessary form to notify the Government (and sometimes your spouse) will set you back £750. Court fees are £550 each. And that’s assuming there’s zero squabbling over how to split up stuff like your house, bank account, and kids.

The insurer Aviva reckons the average divorce costs about £14,500. The Daily Mirror says it’s more like £70,000. Either way, considering there’s about 250,000 marriages a year in the UK and 42 percent of them end in divorce, a lot of people are spending a lot of money on splitting up.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing for the economy as a whole (it’s keeping a bunch of lawyers in work) but it can cause huge financial problems for many individuals. For example, relationship breakdowns are a big cause of homelessness. In Dublin, one-third of homeless people cited it as the reason they no longer have a home.

So it's good news that divorce may be about to get a bit cheaper, with the introduction of ‘no-fault’ divorces. At the moment, you can only get a quick divorce if your partner is deemed to have done something to muck up your marriage - like cheat on you or gamble away all your money. Otherwise, you have to wait two to five years.

That gives people an incentive to list all their spouse's bad behaviour, which tends to piss said spouse off, with the end results that divorce proceedings often drag on much longer than they would otherwise do as two furious people engage in a bitter and expensive court fight over who gets to keep the pool table. Dialing down some of this anger could benefit everyone. Except the lawyers, perhaps.

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Reader Comments

  • WhereAreTheVikings

    What a terrible, terrible shame. Western Civilization nurtured capitalism, and now capitalism is destroying it. And these young people seem to welcome the invasion of their homeland. The media and schools have been very efficient in wiping out all traces of blood and soil.

    • prollawalllynotahumanoid

      Capitalism isn’t the problem. It’s corrupt politicians taking bribes and kickbacks from Globalists and the Chinese.

      • WhereAreTheVikings

        Maybe I should have said crony capitalism. Although Italians importing Chinese to make “Italian leather” shoes is not crony capitalism. It is capitalism, pure and simple.

        • prollawalllynotahumanoid

          That would be crony capitalism and globalism combined. They aren’t concerned with the affect their policies have upon their citizens, the health and welfare of their society and culture or their economy. What it isn’t is fair-free trade to further national interests.

          • WhereAreTheVikings

            I’ve always seen them as one and the same, but perhaps they need to be named individually, just to bring home the point.

      • WhereAreTheVikings

        But now that travel is so easy and borders are virtually down through H1bs and the like, theoretically you can’t blame capitalists for the pursuit of cheaper labor, although I do heartily blame them not being more patriotic than that. Perhaps the emerging nationalism will force them to voluntarily do what they should have morally been doing all along, and that is employing business practices that preserve their countries and nationalities. The government should be doing everything it can to encourage that, to the extent that small government should do anything but guard the borders and strictly, drastically, limit immigration.

      • Henry Lam

        It is China with its corrupted mindset affecting the world.

        • prollawalllynotahumanoid

          No it is not. Capitalism is the fairest and least corrupt system of all.

          Socialism and communism is based on authoritarianism, coercion and police intimidation. It has and always will be rife with criminality, bribes and kickbacks.

          Corruption can be anywhere but it is the very basis of socialism and communism.

    • Henry Lam

      The government is too weak. They do not understand the mindset of communists and how they educate their people. Those communist people are only loyal to their country and could be dangerous. The immigration law should only accept those who accepted multiculturalism and taught from a democratic education system. This virus events clearly has shown how stupid to take China as a friend.

      • WhereAreTheVikings

        The government is not too weak. Just weak-minded about some things.

  • Gabi Rodrigues

    For how many days can a country maximum close their borders to foreigners maximum? Like now, with the virus, everyone is using 30 days. Can it be more?