UK Christian Charity Campaigns against Relaxed Divorce Laws
Veronica NeffingerReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2016 Nov 30
A Christian group is arguing that the UK’s current divorce laws should not be relaxed because a higher divorce rate will destroy families.
According to ChristianToday.com, The Christian Institute is against the effort to relax current divorce laws in the UK.
Taking the opposite view from The Christian Institute is Resolution, a family law company which is spearheading the effort to make divorce easier for couples.
Resolution organized a 100-lawyer march on Parliament on Wednesday (Nov. 30) to demand less stringent divorce laws.
Currently in the UK, in order to obtain a divorce, couples must have lived apart for more than two years or one party must attribute fault--such as adultery or unreasonable behavior--to the other.
Resolution argues that forcing couples to attribute fault can cause needless relationship conflict and make divorce “unnecessarily complex.”
"This often creates conflict and makes reaching a mutually acceptable agreement much more difficult," a statement from the organisation read.
"For so many to descend on Parliament to lobby MPs and Peers shows that it is time for politicians to act, and bring an end to the blame game,” added Nigel Shepherd, national chair of Resolution.
The Christian Institute, however, argues that relaxed divorce laws would cause more families to split apart.
Simon Calvert, deputy director of The Christian Institute said, "Changing the law to facilitate quick no fault divorces is at best naive and at worst would further weaken the institution of marriage – the most stable form of relationship for raising children."
More than 10,000 couples file for divorce in the UK each year. Calvert argues that making divorce easier will only cause couples who may have tried to work through their differences to give up.
Publication date: November 30, 2016